An independent ‘Patients Commissioner’ is set to be appointed to assist those women who have come to harm as a result of vaginal mesh implants. This was one of the nine recommendations included within the report ‘First Do No Harm’ published by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review in July.

Baroness Cumberlege is now also turning up the pressure on the Government to offer redress to victims of vaginal mesh, as well as the drugs Primodos and Valproate. This follows Matt Hancock’s apology for the damage and suffering caused by these products which went ignored for so many years.

Appointment of a Patients Commissioner is a real positive step forward. Campaign Group Sling the Mesh, who are reported to have more than 8,700 members, have said that, “It’s a great day for patient safety that the government has accepted we need a patient safety commissioner.”

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who originally commissioned the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review in 2018, is reported to have commented that, “The case for change has been powerfully made in First Do No Harm. There is literally nothing more tragic than a death or disability that didn’t need to happen, so the recommendations are a matter of great urgency to ensure other families are spared similar heartache…lessons must be learnt once and for all.”

Our Nottingham Clinical Negligence team now act for a large number of women affected by mesh implants. We are working hard, with the help of Barrister Heidi Knight of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, to ensure our clients receive appropriate redress for the suffering they have endured. Our group of clients is growing and we continue to encourage more women to come forward.

Partner Jane Williams, who is leading the mesh cases at Freeths has commented, “This is a move in the right direction. I hope the Government will accept all of the sound recommendations put forward by Baroness Cumberlege, especially a redress scheme which will go some way to compensate all those women who have suffered unnecessarily.”

Our experienced team have advised clients for over 20 years. We are friendly and approachable so if you or a loved one have experienced complications as a result of vaginal mesh, please contact Jane Williams on: 0116 248 1105 or email 

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