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To ask the Scottish Government how many transvaginal mesh implant kits have been purchased by each NHS board in each year since 2007.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 04/10/2018
The Need for TL Scanning in Scotland for Mesh-injured Patients

That the Parliament urges the Scottish Government to implement the translabial (TL) ultrasound scan for mesh-injured patients; understands that this is the only procedure that shows mesh implants clearly; notes however that it is unavailable in Scotland, unlike in England and Northern Ireland; believes that it would be immensely beneficial for mesh-injured patients before removal surgery, as surgeons can use it to identify the location of mesh in advance; understands that clinicians and sonographers in Scotland already possess the skills to carry out TL scans and that their implementation would therefore not require significant training; believes that many women who are experiencing pain as a result of mesh implants are travelling, at a considerable financial expense, to England to access the scan; strongly urges ministers to ensure that TL ultrasound scanning is readily available so that mesh removal surgery is as effective as possible in Scotland, and believes that doing so could ultimately save lives.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Rona Mackay


To ask the Scottish Government how many meetings the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has had since she was appointed with women who have received mesh implants and/or organisations representing them.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 28/09/2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to consider a restriction of the use of mesh implants for hernia repairs.


Answered by Jeane Freeman (19/09/2018):

There are currently no plans to restrict the use of mesh in hernia repair.

 


Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 19/09/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the use of mesh implants for hernia repairs, similar to that of vaginal mesh implants.


Answered by Jeane Freeman (19/09/2018):

The use of mesh to treat hernia repair is accepted practice across the UK and there is presently no medical evidence to suggest it should not be used. The Scottish Government therefore has no plans to carry out a review into its use.


Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 19/09/2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of any instances where mesh implants for hernia have resulted in long-term health issues for the recipient.


Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/09/2018
Business Motion

That the Parliament agrees to the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 12 September 2018—

delete

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions: Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform; Rural Economy

and insert

1.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.30 pm Portfolio Questions: Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform; Rural Economy

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transvaginal Mesh


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 11/09/2018
Mesh Confirmed as an Underlying Cause of Death

That the Parliament notes the tragic case of 75-year-old mother of two, Mrs Eileen Baxter from Loanhead, who passed away at the end of August 2018; acknowledges with dismay the identification of a mesh implant as being an underlying factor in Mrs Baxter’s death; believes that this is the first time that this has been recorded on a women’s death certificate in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to instruct an inquiry into Mrs Baxter’s death and for it to instruct NHS boards to stop purchasing mesh, clear their shelves of these items and ensure that no woman in Scotland is implanted with what it considers this deadly product.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, James Kelly, Anas Sarwar, Tavish Scott, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Rona Mackay, Monica Lennon, Jackson Carlaw, Alex Rowley


Suspension of Mesh Procedures

That the Parliament recognises the hard work and dedication of the transvaginal mesh campaign, which it considers has done a great deal of work for women across Scotland, and now England, in relation to the suspension of mesh procedures to treat stress urinary incontinence; believes that the life-changing pain caused by some mesh implants represented a significant step backwards in the care for women with post childbirth complications by exposing them to procedures that it considers had a lack of long-term evidence to support them; supports calls for the halting of mesh procedures to be replicated by the governments in Wales and Northern Ireland; calls on the Scottish Government to extend a suspension of mesh procedures more broadly to include the treatment of other issues such as hernias, in light of what it considers the mounting evidence showing that the procedures can lead to chronic pain in many recipients, and urges that any further procedures that emerge are thoroughly tested to prevent another occurrence of what it sees as a scandal.


Republic of Ireland Bans Mesh

That the Parliament welcomes reports that the Republic of Ireland has suspended the use of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence operations, and calls on the Scottish Government to look again at its advice on mesh in light of what it sees as the global health scandal concerning this product.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Alex Neil, Monica Lennon, Colin Smyth, Jackson Carlaw, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Rona Mackay, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Edward Mountain


 
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