Sinn Féin meet Department of Health on business case for mesh centre
Speaking following a meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer today Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn said:"My party colleague Caoimhe Archibald MLA and I had a useful meeting with the Permanent Secretary and the deputy chief medical officer to discuss the ongoing mesh implant issue."Earlier this year the use of mesh for incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse was paused while a review of their use was undertaken, last week new draft NICE guidance was published which is currently open for consultation."We had a discussion on the need for both non-surgical and surgical alternatives to mesh and for women to be fully informed about any procedure that they choose."We asked for an update on the business case for the mesh centre and we are pleased to note that the 3D scanner has now been procured."We were also informed that the business case for additional resources which are required for the regional mesh centre is in the process of being completed. We requested that the Department follow up with Belfast Trust on the timeline and more importantly a date for the official opening of the centre."We once again emphasised the need to rebuild the trust and confidence between patients and clinicians. The Department of Health and all relevant authorities have a responsibility to ensure that any woman injured by mesh receives the care they need."