Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
I have read the statement from Jackie Doyle-Price regarding the development of guidelines
on the management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women, due to be published on 2 April 2019.

My question is, why was this not the practice before? Surely any new device used in an operation should be thoroughly tested and records kept, as well as patients being fully informed of all benefits and risks.

I am one of the thousands of mesh-injured. My life as I once knew it has been turned upside down. The NHS has to foot the bill of all our mesh removals. This may not even bring us back to the people we once were.

This is a case of the stable door being left open. Manufacturers and some unscrupulous surgeons have made a profit from our destroyed lives.

Yours faithfully

Carole Davies (Stevenage, Herts)

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1174406

 

Dear Ms Davies,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 25 April about transvaginal mesh
implants.  I have been asked to reply.

 

I was sorry to read of your health problems and appreciate your concerns.

 

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

 

Ministers are aware that some women’s experience of health services has
not been satisfactory and that others have undergone life-changing
outcomes.

As you may know, Baroness Cumberlege has been asked to lead a review of
circumstances leading to the complications and outcomes that you refer
to.  The review will report later this year, giving a clearer view of the
various factors at play.

In the meantime, the Government has made efforts to improve services for
urogynaecological issues at every level, including those targeting
preventive action, treatment once problems arise and remedial action where
complications are identified.

 

Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental
Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention, has launched a Women’s Health
taskforce to try to break taboos over women’s health and improve the
information women are given.

 

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Natasha Dixon
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care

 

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