BAN THE TAPE

 In Clinical Negligence, Kathryn Stitt

Following on from our recent coverage, outlining the complications of mesh implants, our friends down under have banned the use of vaginal mesh implants. This is the ultimate indication that vaginal mesh and transvaginal tape operations are not fit for purpose. It seems impossible now for the UK to continue to use mesh implants given the Australian review found that “the benefits do not outweigh the risks these products pose to patients”. Likewise, it is reported NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) will recommend mesh implants are to be used only in research matters and are to be banned in all other instances in the UK.

In agreement with this move is Kath Sansom, the founder of the campaign group “sling the mesh”, who commented to Sky News that ‘The TGA announcement in Australia is proof of the growing realisation of the global scandal of surgical mesh implants. In my opinion it is yet more proof of worldwide institutional denial and how those tasked with monitoring patient safety have failed on an epic level.’

Here at Oakwood Solicitors we praise Australia for making the bold and necessary steps to avoid further heartache. It is brave of them to stand up and we encourage and hope that the UK will follow suit.

However, this does not deter from the fact that for many individuals, this is too little too late. We are here to not only stop more people being affected by the vaginal mesh and transvaginal tape procedures, but to assist those whose lives which have already been sadly affected by the procedures. We are here to fight your corner and make your voice be heard.

Carol Cook, the Head of Oakwood Clinical Negligence Department commented:

“I am hopeful that the United Kingdom will follow the monumental move by Australia and indeed the potential NICE recommendations and BAN the Vaginal Mesh Implants.

The decision not to hold a public enquiry into the vaginal mesh implants was devastating, more so for those women who have been affected.  However the Australian decision shows hope that a ban of this product and procedure is possible within the UK; potentially preventing thousands more women from suffering unnecessarily”

If you, or a loved one, have been let down by the medical profession and suffered an injury as a result of your vaginal mesh and transvaginal tape operation, please do not hesitate to contact Oakwood Solicitors for some free, confidential advice to see if you can make a claim.

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