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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08551: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 30 March 2017 (Official Report, c. 57), for what reason mesh procedures for prolapse continue to be offered despite concerns that there is a lack of evidence regarding their effectiveness and reports of both Scottish and international studies regarding possible high risks.

Answered by: Shona Robison 28 April 2017

The Independent Review's Final Report concludes that mesh procedures should not be offered routinely in the case of prolapse, and the Chief Medical Officer has accepted this conclusion. However, in each individual patient's case it is necessary to apply individually focused clinical care, and there will be exceptions where this type of operation is considered suitable, subject to agreement by the patient and her clinicians. The Oversight Group that is being established will be expected to continue to be provided with - and review - the routine data on number of cases and complications.