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Public Apology For Pelvic Mesh Victims – Part 2

The second part of our blog looking at the public apology for Pelvic Mesh injury victims.

Specialist centres

The report also recommends that specialist centres should be set up to provide treatment for those affected by pelvic mesh.

Too often, we see clients pushed from pillar to post in their efforts to seek advice about the implants, so this recommendation is welcomed. However, the centres must listen to the women’s experiences and use them to inform the learning process, so the best care can be offered going forward.

Financial and non-pecuniary interests

It is suggested that the General Medical Council register should be expanded to include a list of payments made by manufacturers of mesh devices to hospitals and clinicians.

If implemented, it is hoped this recommendation will foster a culture of transparency, ensuring patients are fully informed about why a particular procedure or product is being advocated.

The future

Many of the women we represent have been compensated for the harm done by pelvic mesh, but it is likely to be the tip of the iceberg, when compared to the number of operations carried out and participants in the review.

Whilst Baroness Cumberlege’s report cannot change the situation these women find themselves in, it is hoped the healthcare system and government listen and learn from the health scandals it highlighted.

The system cannot be complacent, however, as there is a suggestion that mesh implants may be used in men diagnosed with prostate cancer. If this is the case, we fully support and acknowledge the importance of ongoing tests and investigations into patient safety. Mistakes must be learned from to avoid harm being caused in the future.

We are an experienced and knowledgeable team, who have worked with many women injured by pelvic mesh over the last four years. If you have any questions about obtaining compensation or justice for injuries caused by a medicine or medical procedure, contact our friendly, professional solicitors on (0114) 218 4000 or email: info@tayloremmet.co.uk

 

Martha O'Toole

Martha secured her Training Contract in the penultimate year of her undergraduate degree and joined Taylor&Emmet LLP as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2019.

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