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‘Europe must do more to restrict mesh implants’ – Anderson

12 June, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Europe must do more to restrict and investigate the use of controversial mesh implants and support those impacted by it, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.

Martina Anderson commented: “I have already questioned the European Commission on what measures it is taking on this issue and it was confirmed that surgical meshes have been reclassified to the highest risk group of medical devices and will be exposed to much stricter control processes before they are used to treat patients.

“And while that is a step in the right direction, it is only a step and I will be pressing Europe to severely restrict the use of mesh and support those who have become victims of it.

“A recent report by an EU medical oversight body also criticised the poor level of testing and the failure to properly record adverse reactions to mesh implant surgery.

“Ignoring the experience of patients who suffered complications as a result of mesh implants risks condemning another generation to life changing and life-threatening injury.

“That needs to be rectified because each day that passes is another day of suffering for mesh victims across Ireland and across the EU.

“Europe must take whatever steps it can to properly investigate the impact of mesh implants, restrict its use and support its victims.” 

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