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Treating women suffering from mesh injury must be priority - Flynn

9 October, 2018 - by Órlaithí Flynn

Treating women suffering from mesh injury must be a priority, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Women's Health, Órlaithí Flynn has said.

Órlaithí Flynn commented: “The new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that women experiencing stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, often after childbirth, should be offered a full range of non-surgical options"However it is also important that alternative surgical options are offered."Julia Cumberlege, who is currently heading a review on behalf of the British government, recently said she had not seen evidence on the benefits of mesh that ‘outweighs the severity of human suffering caused by mesh complications’."Traditional surgical procedures did not involve the use of mesh implants. Myself and my party colleague Caoimhe Archibald recently met with service personnel from the Belfast Trust, who will be overseeing the regional mesh centre, and they outlined the current alternative surgical options."Until the reviews on mesh are completed, the pause on the use of mesh should remain and women suffering from mesh injury must be a priority for the health service."I am meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health next week and will be seeking clarification on these issues."

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