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Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill

Overview

Some people have paid private healthcare costs to have their transvaginal mesh implant removed.

This Bill would allow the Government to set up a scheme which could pay back those costs to people. This could include travel costs and hotel accommodation paid for in relation to the surgery.

The scheme could also cover other details, such as:

  • who can apply
  • how to apply
  • time limits on applying

The Bill is at Stage 1


Contents


Overview

Some people have paid private healthcare costs to have their transvaginal mesh implant removed.

This Bill would allow the Government to set up a scheme which could pay back those costs to people. This could include travel costs and hotel accommodation paid for in relation to the surgery.

The scheme could also cover other details, such as:

  • who can apply
  • how to apply
  • time limits on applying

Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill explanatory notes

Why the Bill was created

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device that was used regularly in Scotland before 2014. It was also used in the rest of the UK and across the world.

This device was used to treat stress urinary incontinence and a condition called pelvic organ prolapse. Sometimes it was implanted through a person’s vagina during surgery.

Many people who had vaginal mesh surgery later experienced serious pain and side effects, and some needed surgery to remove the mesh. 

From 2018 it was no longer used in the NHS in Scotland. 

Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill policy memorandum