‘Ignoring mesh patient concerns irresponsible’ -Duffy

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has said ignoring the experience of women injured by mesh risks condemning another generation of women to life-changing disability and pain.

The party’s local Health spokesperson was commenting after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued their latest guidelines on the use of mesh implant surgery.

Sandra Duffy said:

“The new guidelines not only ignore the thousands of women who have had their lives ruined by mesh but also growing international evidence of inadequate testing and poor practices in the manufacture of mesh products.

“A recent court hearing revealed correspondence from manufacturers of plastic to producers of mesh that warned the plastic used was not suitable for internal human implants and could even be toxic.

“Recent comments by NICE officials that the guidelines offered ‘new tools to help patients to navigate options’ so that ‘women make the best decision for themselves,’ is totally irresponsible.

“A medical oversight body for the EU concluded that poor testing and failure to properly record adverse reactions to mesh implant surgery rendered the notion of patient consent impossible. 

“No one knows what the real risks associated with mesh are because records have not been properly kept and evidence is still emerging.

“Ignoring the experience patients who suffered complications as a result of mesh implants risks condemning another generation to life changing injury.”