House of Lords date for mesh patients

Mesh Victims Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy (Daily Record/Trinity Mirror)
Mesh Victims Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy (Daily Record/Trinity Mirror)

SCOTTISH mesh victims are taking their fight to the House of Lords.

Hundreds of mesh-injured women will be calling on Lord O’Shaughnessey to remove the controversial implants from hospitals across the UK after the Scottish Government failed to take decisive action.

The Under Secretary of State for Health will be told how New Zealand used evidence from Scotland to have mesh implants to treat bladder problems and pelvic organ prolapse withdrawn.

Australia also used Scottish evidence to force manufacturers to prove safety or remove products.

Olive McIlroy, from Scottish Mesh Survivors, said: “It’s frustrating our evidence has been used to ensure women in other countries are protected from life-changing injury caused by these implants, while our own country has failed to properly protect patients.

“We have always believed injured women prove mesh implants are not fit for human use. It’s appalling that despite £3 billion in compensation claims in the US, and hundreds of thousands of women injured, there is still no outright ban across the UK.”

The Scottish women – along with mesh survivors from Ireland, Wales and England – will meet Lord O’Shaughnessey on March 1.

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