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Our Three Meshketeers welcome the news that Health Secretary
Jeane Freeman is seeking to bring Dr Veronikis to Scotland

Neil Findlay MSP

Alex Neil MSP

Jackson Carlaw MSP
I welcome the fact that our campaign to bring Dr Veronikis to Scotland has taken a step forward. There are still many questions to be asked and this is not a done deal but I hope it happens. Message is campaigning and pressure bears fruit.   Delighted that there are plans to bring Mesh removal expert Dr Veronikis to Scotland to provide treatment and share his expertise with our specialists.

Good progress being made thanks to Jeane Freeman.
  Excellent breaking news – Jeane Freeman set to bring Dr Veronikis to Scotland to perform Mesh removal procedures.

Long, hard campaign by Mesh women to prevent future suffering by others may now, deservedly, help them get their lives back. Finally – hope
Views of the Scottish Mesh Survivors Group on the Service provided
to the Mesh-injured Women in Scotland

Click here’ link to read the publication

Presented to The Scottish Government
Accountable Officers Short-Life Working Group
on Friday 14th June 2019

Dr Wael Agur
Consultant Urogynaecologist
Dr Wael Agur assisted mesh-injured women in Scotland.
He advised on our Service Evaluation project, articulated our views in this SBAR document and represented them in person to the Scottish Government Group tasked with
providing a service we strongly believe we deserve.
Miss Hui-Ling Ong helped design our survey, analysed our responses and summarised them for Scottish Government Officials. This survey only took place because of her hard work, commitment and dedication.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation
Elaine Holmes & Olive McIlroy on behalf of Scottish Mesh Survivors Group

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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