Date lodged: 4 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the development and implementation of the high vigilance restricted use protocol for mesh procedures.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 12 December 2018
Health Boards have nominated 'Accountable Officers' who, in each Health Board that carries out mesh procedures in the future, will be responsible for ensuring that the necessary high vigilance measures have been followed in every case.
In February Accountable Officers will meet with Scottish Government and NHS ISD officials, as well as members of Healthcare Improvement Scotland's Mesh Oversight Group, in order to progress the development of the protocol. In doing so, Accountable Officers will take account of NICE guidelines, Royal College of Surgeons training guidelines, the Mesh Oversight Group's newly developed Self-Assessment Tool, and the views of regional clinical groups, the latter having been asked to give careful consideration to the issue following the announcement of the halt in September 2018.