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Government must move to ban or strictly limit the use of Transvaginal Mesh Implantations – O’Reilly

24 January, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has today called on the Government to ensure there is recognition of the complications from Transvaginal Mesh Implantations and stop fighting affected women on this issue and ensure there is a centralised approach for treatment for these women by the HSE.

Speaking today during Leaders’ Questions, the Dublin Fingal TD said:

“There is hardly a person in this state who hasn’t at one stage or another witnessed politicians in this chamber speaking about ill-treatment, persecution, and disregard for women in Ireland.

“Many like to think that the ill-treatment and disregard of women is a historic issue.

“Nowhere are these injustices and ill-treatment more acute than in the provision of health services.

“Last night, RTÉ PrimeTime aired a feature on women suffering from the side effects of Transvaginal Mesh Implantations.

“Transvaginal Mesh Implants have been widely used as a simple, less invasive alternative to other more traditional surgical approaches for treating urinary incontinence and prolapse, conditions that can commonly occur after childbirth.

“However, many women have now come forward and more are coming all the time reporting the side effects of the use of these implants.

“They have reported chronic and debilitating pain, with some being left unable to walk, drive, or have any sort of a sex life.

“Recently the use of Transvaginal Mesh devices and their long term side-effects for some women have come to prominence across many countries, not least England, Scotland, America, Australia, and New Zealand.

“New Zealand and Australia have effectively banned use of the product deeming it ‘too risky’ for women.

“Taoiseach, will the Government ensure there is recognition of the complications from mesh products and stop fighting these women on this issue and ensure there is a centralised approach for treatment for these women by the HSE”

“Will the Government move to ban or limit the use of these mesh products in women, given the available international evidence that the risk which accompanies their use is too high?” 

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