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Hume welcomes suspension of controversial mesh implants

June 17, 2014 11:51 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has today Jim HumeJim Humewelcomed the Health Secretary's announcement that he has asked all health boards to suspend the use of polypropylene medical mesh implant devices.

The Health Secretary's announcement was made during this morning's (17th June) Public Petitions Committee.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has already decided to suspend the use of the mesh devices.

Mr Hume said:

"The Health Secretary's announcement this morning that the Chief Medical Officer has written to health boards asking them to suspend the use of these devices is very welcome news given the significant question marks that currently exist over procedures involving medical mesh.

"It's clear from talking to campaigners, Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy, that the side-effects of mesh implants are not isolated. That was certainly reflected in a packed gallery today and the compelling evidence they presented to MSPs.

"NHS Dumfries and Galloway's decision to suspend the use of medical mesh implants was a significant turning point in the campaign. That local decision and comprehensive evidence from campaigners has brought about a welcome intervention from the Health Secretary."