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Louise O’Reilly TD questions Minister Harris on transvaginal mesh implantations

15 November, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly TD today questioned the Minister for Health on the issue of transvaginal mesh implantations and the health difficulties now facing a number of women who received a mesh implantation procedure and how many have reported a possible complication or defective implant. 

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Over a month ago I started raising this issue through Parliamentary Question’s and I am doing so again today. This is a health issue which should worry us all.

“The issue of transvaginal mesh implantation procedures and subsequent complications due to the use of possible defective devices is one which needs to be immediately addressed by the Minister for Health and the HSE.

“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.

“The issues around complications post transvaginal mesh device implantation have caused huge scandals in both the US, Britain, and Australia, however, the HSE and the Department of Health seem to think Ireland is an outlier and it is not an issue here.

“To date the HSE has been unable to outline the number of women who received a transvaginal mesh implantation across the State, and without the data on the number of mesh implants procedures carried out then we cannot know how serious the issue is here.

“Indeed, I find the fact that the HSE does not hold this data another indication of this state’s utter disregard for women’s healthcare, given that this issue disproportionately affects women.

“I cannot help thinking that if this was a men’s health issue thst the HSE and the Department would have answers. 

“So far there have been a reported six women who have come forward to the Health Products Regulatory Authority as regards complications from transvaginal mesh implantations.

“I believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg and that the HSE need to immediately conduct a review into how many patients received a transvaginal mesh implantation as part of a healthcare procedure, and the Minister needs to immediately instruct the HSE to establish a register of women impacted by complications from the procedure so we can investigate the seriousness of the matter."

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