MP to host Mesh Lobby in Parliament

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith is hosting a meeting in Parliament in conjunction with the Sling the Mesh campaign to discuss growing concerns about the impact on women’s health of treatment using Transvaginal Mesh implants.

Transvaginal Mesh surgery is a medical procedure used to treat incontinence and prolapse, however an increasing number of women have reported complications since having the surgery. Many women have reported suffering from debilitating pain, with some having to use wheelchairs and walking sticks following the procedure.

Owen Smith has called on the Government to urgently suspend Transvaginal Mesh surgery until more information is known about the risks associated with the procedure. In addition to hosting the lobby, Mr Smith plans to raise a debate in Parliament as soon as possible.

The meeting on the 18th July will be addressed by leading Gynaecologists and Urologists, and Sling the Mesh campaigner Kath Sansom.

Speaking ahead of the lobby, Owen Smith said:
“In seven years of being an MP, this is one of the worst medical issues I have come across.

“I was first contacted by a constituent suffering from chronic pain as a result of the procedure, and since getting in touch with the Sling the Mesh campaign I have been contacted by countless women who have shared their devastating stories following Mesh surgery.

“That’s why I am hosting this summit in Parliament to hear from women and experts about the risks involved with Mesh surgery. It is my hope that the Government will take action to address this growing issue and immediately review Mesh treatment.”


Note to editors

NHS England published a TVT Mesh Working Group interim report in December 2015 on the use of mesh devices. The final report is set to be published later this year.

An advisory suspension was applied in Scotland from 2014 and a review into the use of Mesh was published in March 2017.

In Northern Ireland, an audit is being set up to study mesh procedures to examine preparation, consent issues, and any complications:

Following concerns about the adverse events associated with the surgery raised in 2014, the Welsh Government issued advice and guidance to the NHS in Wales.

Sling The Mesh has launched a group action with London firm Wedlake and Bell with QC Elizabeth Ann Gumbel.
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