Minister Harris must seek cooperation agreement for use of Belfast Mesh Centre - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louie O’Reilly has has written to the Minister for Health to ask him to request a cooperation agreement with the Belfast Trust for patients in the south to have access to the new Belfast Mesh centre.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“For some time now both I and my colleagues in the north have been fighting for proper services and treatment for women who have been the victims of faulty transvaginal mesh implantation.
“Yesterday my colleague Órlaithí Flynn MLA announced that funding had been secured for a mesh centre in Belfast to treat patients who have been affected by faulty mesh implants and that it is expected to be fully operational by March 2019.
“Once up and running the Belfast mesh centre should be able to assess, scan, and treat patients according to their physical and mental health needs.
“Unfortunately, movement on services and treatment in the south has been painfully slow.
“While we await the development of similar services to the Belfast Mesh Centre in the south, it is important the border does not deny treatment to women in the south.
“With that in mind I have contacted the Minister for Health to ask that he request a cooperation agreement with the health service in the north so that women from the south can attend the Belfast Mesh Centre and avail of the services and treatments it will provide until such time as these services are available from the HSE.
“The victims of these faulty mesh implantations are living in chronic pain and every day without treatment is a further day of suffering.
“We have many fantastic areas of all-Ireland cooperation on health and hopefully this can become another one.”