Mesh implant surgery curb extended to Northern Ireland

By Gary Adair

It has been confirmed that the recently announced pause on the use of surgical mesh for urinary incontinence in England is to be extended to Northern Ireland.

Dr Michael McBride, the chief medical officer, will be writing to health trusts in Northern Ireland calling for a cessation of mesh surgery, following increasing evidence and testimony of women who had suffered physically and mentally after having mesh implants. The pause was recommended following an Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review in the House of Commons, chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege.

The review team concluded that a pause in mesh surgery was required until certain conditions could be introduced and met to mitigate the risks of injury to anyone receiving a mesh implant. That is not expected to be resolved until March 2019.

Wilson Nesbitt solicitors is representing a number of women in Northern Ireland who experienced complications as a result of having vaginal mesh implants. If you require legal advice in respect of making a claim for compensation in respect of injury and loss suffered in connection with the implants, contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors in Belfast or Bangor by clicking here.


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