Welsh Conservatives call for immediate suspension of surgical mesh procedures in Wales

The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review has concluded that there must be an immediate pause in the use of surgical mesh for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

The Department of Health and NHS England have accepted the review’s recommendations and have suspended mesh operations.

Commenting, Shadow Secretary for Health, Angela Burns AM, said:

I’m delighted that NHS England has accepted Baroness Cumberlege’s recommendations and paused the use of mesh procedures.

“This is fantastic news and is a clear victory for all those who have campaigned hard to highlight the damage that can be caused by mesh implants and for a halt in the use of the procedure.

“I have long called for an end to the use of this produce in Wales and I am now calling again on the Welsh Government to pause the use of mesh implants in Wales immediately.

“Further still, I am urging the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM, to launch a review into the use of mesh in hernia operations.”