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Death of Canadian transvaginal mesh campaigner reinforces need for HSE to conduct domestic review - Louise O'Reilly TD

5 December, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said that the need for the HSE to address the issues surrounding the implantation of transvaginal mesh devices is more acute than ever given the untimely passing of a transvaginal mesh campaigner in Britain from sepsis after a four-year battle with persistent infections.

Speaking today, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The issue of transvaginal mesh implantations and complications which can arise for women after the use of a device is a serious public health concern. It is an issue which I have been raising with the HSE and the Minister for Health for the past number of months.

“To date no urgency has been shown by the HSE or the Minister as regards the health difficulties facing a number of women who received a mesh implantation procedure or how many have reported a possible complication or defective implant.

“The 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.

“It is unfortunate that it has taken the untimely passing of a transvaginal mesh campaigner in Britain from sepsis after a four-year battle with persistent infections from mesh complications to again bring into the public eye the seriousness of this issue.

"The need for the HSE to address the issues surrounding the implantation of transvaginal mesh devices is more acute than ever.“The issues around complications post transvaginal mesh device implantation have caused huge scandals in the US, Britain, and Australia. However, the HSE and the Department of Health seem to think Ireland is an outlier and that it is not a problem here.

“This is a serious women’s healthcare issue and it needs to be addressed immediately in a comprehensive and compassionate way.

"I am urging Minister Harris and the HSE to confront this problem in a pro-active manner and contribute to a healthcare scandal where the women affected have to battle against the state for years to get justice.

“I am again calling for the HSE to immediately conduct a review into how many patients received a transvaginal mesh implantation as part of a healthcare procedure, and for the Minister to immediately instruct the HSE to establish a register of women impacted by complications from the procedure so the seriousness of the matter can be investigated.” 

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