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Recommendations from Scottish independent mesh implant report accepted by Scottish Government

Friday, March 31, 2017  
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Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has accepted the recommendations of the final independent report into the use of transvaginal mesh implant procedures. A Scottish independent review group, chaired by Tracey Gillies, has considered all available evidence on the safety and effectiveness of the transvaginal mesh implants. The report, published this week, sets out a number of conclusions to improve the safeguards available. These include:

  • Mesh must not be offered routinely to women with pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Reporting of all procedures and adverse events to be mandatory, in line with the guidance from the General Medical Council.
  • Extra steps to ensure that patients have access to clear, understandable advice to help them make informed choices.
  • In the case of surgical treatment for stress-urinary incontinence, all appropriate treatments should be available, subject to informed choice and assessment.
  • Improved training for clinical teams involved in transvaginal mesh.
  • Improved research into the safety and effectiveness of the products.

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