In 2020, the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review made specific recommendations that the government provide justice and redress to thousands of women who have been harmed by surgical mesh implants. Surgical mesh, also known as transvaginal tape, is a medical device surgically implanted to support organs and tissue. It is primarily used to treat urinary incontinence in women, but is also used to treat hernias and to reinforce abdominal areas where women have had tissue removed to reconstruct their breasts after mastectomy.
In this article for the Mail Online, John Naish highlights that two years after the IMMDS, none of its recommendations have been implemented properly and surgical mesh is still being used. He examines the case of Kelly Cook, a 37 year-old mother who has been left with constant pain, nerve issues and incontinence after mesh surgery in 2018. In spite of the impact the mesh is having on her life, she has been told she may not be seen at one of the new specialist mesh centres for two years due to the length of the waiting list.
The article also highlights the fact that no financial redress has yet been offered to mesh victims, that women's pain is still not being seen as a serious issue, and that there is a concerning lack of research into the safety of mesh devices.
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