Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami says he is delighted with today’s announcement that NHS England will be putting an immediate stop to mesh operations, amidst safety concerns.
Mr Tami will now write to Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething to make sure Wales will be “following suit.”
The Deeside MP previously said the “use of mesh has left too many people in Wales with crippling and life-changing injuries” and called issues around mesh implants “a national scandal.”
Despite today’s move, England’s Chief Medical Officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said mesh would remain a treatment of last resort for some: “Carefully selected patients will continue to have access in discussion with their consultant.”
Mesh operations are supposed to fix prolapse and incontinence, however, it was revealed that more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants having reported long-term devastating side effects.
The campaign group, Sling the Mesh, has been highlighting these issues for some time and have been calling for mesh operations to be stopped immediately.
Mark Tami was one of many who had been calling the Government to stop mesh operations, he said;
“This is fantastic news for everyone involved with the Sling the Mesh campaign. It has been a long fought battle but the Government has finally listened to the many brave voices who have spoken out against the operations.
“There is so much we need to learn from this scandal, it is not right how many lives have been destroyed by this operation. Regulators and medical companies still have a lot to answer for.
“The All Party Group on Surgical Mesh Devices in Parliament will continue to represent – and provide a voice – for those who have been affected, and we will continue to seek the answers that they are looking for.
“I will be writing to Vaughan Gething, the Health secretary in North Wales, to make sure Wales will be following suit”