Sarah Green, Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham, has today urged the Government to provide financial redress for patients suffering complications following the use of surgical mesh. In their response to Baroness Cumberlege’s 2020 report, the Government declined to implement the recommendation to provide victims with financial redress.
Speaking in Parliament, Green said:
‘Women across the country have lost jobs and life savings due to chronic pain and disability caused by complications after the use of medical mesh. Many, including one of my own constituents, have had to pay for corrective surgery overseas. The Government has so far refused to set up agencies to provide financial redress, as recommended in the Cumberlege report. Will the Secretary of State revisit the Cumberlege Report and, in particular, that need for financial redress?’
Responding for the Government, Maria Caulfield, Minister for Patient Safety and Primary Care, said:
‘Women who have suffered adversely are being helped supported through the difficult choices they are having to make. This Government has set up 8 specialist mesh centres across the country to be able to provide them with the specialist treatment that they need. Our priority is patient safety in preventing anything like this happening again but also the support of those women who have been affected. There isn’t any evidence that a redress system would improve patient safety or improve the outcome for those women.’
Reacting after the exchange, Green commented:
‘I am disappointed by the Government’s response today. While I commend their commitment to improving future patient safety, they cannot continue to ignore the women who are still suffering physically and financially from harm already caused by the use of surgical mesh.’