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Vaginal mesh ban can end 'with changes' say NICE:
"No it cannot" say our Three Meshketeers AND the US FDA!

Neil Findlay MSP

Alex Neil MSP

Jackson Carlaw MSP
"I am astonished at this decision - what more evidence does NICE need of the appalling impact of mesh than tens of thousands of women across the world whose lives have been ruined by mesh. "This is an appalling decision and cannot be  allowed to be repeated in Scotland.   "The NICE guidelines published today are extremely disappointing. "These guidelines don't reflect the reality across  the UK where so many women's lives have been destroyed by the use of mesh.  "Further, it doesn't recognise the expertise outwith the UK that could be better learnt from so there is greater access to full mesh removal surgery here.  " It's a poor report and it certainly isn't putting patients at the centre of consideration."   "This is an astonishing decision, and a betrayal to the many women whose lives have been ruined by this procedure.  "Quite how NICE has managed to reach this verdict  is a mystery, and brave campaigners will very understandably be demanding answers.  "In Scotland we have a moratorium on mesh implants, and I urge the Scottish Government to keep this in place."
  The Mesh suspension Baroness Cumberlege has recommended in the UK must remain
for the following reasons:

• The risks from mesh cannot be mitigated. Clinicians and clinical societies have continuously failed to reassure us how they will mitigate the risk. Better training of surgeons doesn’t work as the risk is with the mesh device, regardless of surgical skill.

• The risks from mesh cannot be predicted. Clinicians are unable to identify which patients are high risk of developing chronic pain and disability and which are not, it is Russian roulette.

• The risks from mesh are lifetime. There are reports where after several years of the good outcome surgeons talk about, women can start developing serious injuries later in life.

• Not all the risks of mesh are known. There are more reports of auto-immune diseases and cancer but the clinicians continue to deny them.

• The risks from mesh are irreversible. No woman goes back to her normal, even if the mesh device is completely removed. Clinicians continue to tell us the improvement rate after mesh removal is 50%. This is not good enough.

• The risks from mesh are entirely avoidable. The present alternative continence procedures, colposuspension and autologous fascial sling, are not associated with the irreversible adverse events of mesh, this makes mesh procedures entirely avoidable. If no mesh is used, a woman cannot develop mesh-related injuries.

Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy Scottish Mesh Survivors Oral Hearing Session 21 November 2018:

How we met and grew
Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy   Their friendship was born out of adversity and a determination that no other women would have to suffer the devastating effects of mesh surgery.
Today they are the best of friends, two women united in a common aim, to ensure no other woman is put at risk from the polypropylene mesh implants which have devastated hundreds of thousands of lives across the world.

Before they knew each other, Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy were struggling to come to terms with constant pain and crippling side effects of a surgery that was supposed to 'change their lives'.

Both had been told they were 'unique', that the life changing injuries both had suffered had never been seen before. When the two women found each other, they knew they were not unique, they knew they had to use all their strength to campaign and raise awareness to ensure no other women would suffer the same fate.

Launching Scottish Mesh Survivors 'Hear Our Voice' campaign brought
together hundreds of other women suffering the effects of polypropylene mesh
implant surgery, and changed forever the way the NHS sought consent from
patients. Because of their efforts, not only have other women empowered themselves, their relentless campaign led to the procedures being suspended
pending a safety inquiry.

For the first time, the NHS in Scotland has also been required to seek informed consent from every new patient, telling them each and every side effect of the surgery now at the centre of multi-billion pound legal actions across the world.
Elaine, from Newton Mearns, and Olive, from Renfrew, were both awarded the Sunday Mail's 'Unsung Hero' award for their outstanding efforts, introducing new levels of patient awareness and choice.
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  Marion Scott

Marion Scott

Reporter & Journalist
of the Year 2015

As shocked as we all are by the hundreds and thousands of women suffering injuries, I fear we are only just seeing the tip of the iceberg of the mesh implant scandal. I firmly believe this is one of the biggest medical scandals of all time, and believe we will look back at this as with the same despair our parents feel when they look back on thalidomide. The true cost, the lives lost and changed forever, the families left picking up broken pieces, the careers and talents lost from society, and of course our NHS shouldering the cost of treatment, is simply beyond calculation. Just one broken, crippled woman is one woman too many. We know of hundreds and thousands across the world.

How many more before health watchdogs acknowledge the danger of mesh implants? If we do not act now, at least two generations of women could be put at risk of life changing injury by these plastic ticking timebombs. That is why the Sunday Mail is proud to campaign for change, raise awareness, and support the selfless women behind the Scottish Mesh Survivors 'Hear Our Voice' campaign.

Marion Scott, Sunday Mail - 17 March 2015
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