Earlier this month, Baroness Cumberlege published her long anticipated report, 'First Do No Harm'.
The report found that a startling number of women have undergone mesh surgery without first being told the details of the operation, its risks and likely outcomes. This has meant that hundreds of patients are now questioning why they have been left with problems such as:
- Recurrent infections;
- Severe and chronic pain;
- Irregular bleeding;
- Mesh exposure and erosion;
- Recurring or new incontinence;
- Recurring or new prolapse;
- Intimacy problems;
- Auto-immune diseases;
- Bowel problems;
- Mobility issues; and
- Psychological injuries.
The report states that in the past these 'risks were either not mentioned or that the incidence and/or severity of the risks were not made clear.'
Baroness Cumberlege has been shocked by the 'intensity of the suffering’ and has warned that pelvic mesh, which was once considered as the 'gold standard' treatment, should only be used as a last resort due to the potential ‘catastrophic’ side-effects.
Frustratingly, for years women suffering mesh-related problems have been dismissed and ignored when raising serious safety concerns.
Acknowledging the true extent of the 'scandal', Health Secretary Matt Hancock has issued a full apology on 'behalf of the NHS and the whole healthcare system.’
Speaking after the review had been published, Mr Hancock explained that he has met many women who have been badly affected by mesh. He recognised that now their voices have been heard, it is important that lessons are learnt to ensure 'these sorts of mistakes do not happen again.' In light of the 'horrific' nature of many of the incidents described within the report, he has pledged to consider each recommendation in detail.
This has given fresh hope of a potential redress scheme.
Freeths are acting for a large number of women, whose lives have been turned upside down following mesh surgery.
Freeths have joined forces with Heidi Knight of Serjeants' Inn Chambers. Heidi is an experienced clinical negligence and product liability barrister and we are delighted that she is able to come on board to assist us with these cases. For more information about Heidi please see: https://www.serjeantsinn.com/barrister/heidi-knight/
We are now urging more women to come forward to join the group. Partner Jane Williams, who is leading and co-ordinating the mesh cases at Freeths has recently featured in an Express Health article: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1311829/vaginal-mesh-implant-what-is-it-lawsuit-scandal/amp
Jane, who has over 25 years of experience dealing with cases of clinical negligence, has commented ‘If a woman has had such surgery and experienced complications she should contact a Solicitor who specialises in clinical negligence claims, specifically a Solicitor specialising in vaginal mesh/TVT claims.’
To speak to Jane, please phone 0116 248 1105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please visit: https://www.freeths.co.uk/vaginal-mesh-tvt-claims
Alternatively, please contact:
Jessica Atkin: 0115 985 3367 / Jessica.email@example.com
Adrian Denton: 0115 985 3335 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Bedford: 0115 935 0367 / Gemma.email@example.com
Phillip McGough: 0845 050 3290 / firstname.lastname@example.org