Owen Smith MP Pontypridd Observer column 26/07/17

I felt very proud to host a Lobby in Parliament last week to discuss growing concerns about the impact on women’s health of treatment using Transvaginal Mesh implants. Over a hundred people attended the meeting including women affected by Mesh complications, Members of Parliament from different parties and clinical experts, providing an important and informative debate.

Mesh implant surgery is a so-called ‘quick-fix’ procedure used to treat bladder problems following childbirth, however an increasing number of women have reported complications since having the surgery. Many have reported suffering from debilitating pain, with some having to use wheelchairs and walking sticks following the procedure.

The issue of Mesh complications was first brought to my attention following contact from a local woman who was suffering with chronic pain and whose life had been changed dramatically following complications after her surgery. I have since learned that thousands of women across the UK and many more all over the world are suffering life-altering injuries after undergoing this surgery.

I am calling for a suspension of mesh procedures across the UK until more information is known about the risks of the surgery. In response to the success of the Lobby, I am establishing an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mesh to bring together MPs from across the political spectrum, and I plan to raise a debate in Parliament on Mesh procedures in September. If you have been affected by mesh complications, please feel free to contact me in confidence so that I can keep you updated on developments.

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