Recommendations from Scottish independent mesh implant report accepted by Scottish Government
Friday, March 31, 2017
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.