Results 1–20 of 28 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Emma Hardy

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I thank everyone who has attended and spoken. I had hoped that my summary would be a little more positive. I am sorry, but the Minister’s response is simply not good enough—at all. I am extremely disappointed. I completely disagree with her: it is about not only the procedure, but the product. I hope that the weight of evidence from all the women involved—all the women who...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I beg to move, That this House has considered the risks of surgical mesh implants. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. Many hon. Members present have been contacted by constituents affected by mesh surgery, which is a medical procedure used to treat incontinence and prolapse in women. The surgery, which usually takes less than half an hour, involves inserting a plastic...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I will go on to talk about some of the problems with people recognising the symptoms later, so I thank my hon. Friend for that. Since calling for the debate, my inbox has filled up with emails from men and women across the country telling me their horrific stories of having mesh implanted. I will read one of them, which I received just this week: “Please help me I feel desperate. Who...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I absolutely agree with that. Sadly, that is also reflected in many of the emails I have read this week. I have no doubt that many women also suffer in silence, either too worried or too embarrassed to see their MPs, or completely unaware that their symptoms are replicated in other women who have had the mesh fitted.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: Absolutely; that is a really important point. The BBC programme “Inside Out West” that aired just this Monday evening highlighted some of the problems with rectopexy, which is a form of rectal mesh, and the investigation a local trust is carrying out on the surgeon, Mr Dixon. I understand that one of the allegations it is looking into is that girls as young as 17 and 18 have had...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I absolutely agree with that. That hospital would neither confirm nor deny that those young girls had been operated on. For background information, all the colorectal surgeons who the programme spoke to said that the young women should have been offered other avenues before surgery. The programme also highlighted the extremely concerning practice of one surgeon attaching part of the rectal...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I absolutely and completely agree. One consultant has written to explain the problems with mesh removal, stating: “Once stuck the mesh is never fully removed and failure of implanting means that mesh will fuse, erode, stick and adhere to organs, nerves and blood vessels—creating life long…injuries.” She argues that patients were never clearly told of the risks of mesh...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: Absolutely; I will talk about that later. One of the women who wrote to me this week explained that her surgeon was worried about trying to remove a small piece of mesh from the heart of her vital organs, near her bowel and bladder, which he could not actually see by visual examination, ultrasound or X-ray. She explained that, since having the mesh fitted five and a half years ago, it has...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I completely agree. Sadly, that example is reflected across the whole UK. The Department of Health says that in the past 10 years 136,000 women in England were treated with mesh implants for urinary incontinence and organ prolapse, but it is only recently that NHS England has brought in guidelines that require surgeons to inform patients of the possible risks, and even now we do not have...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: We should be looking into that. I thank my hon. Friend for making that excellent point. Recently in America, a woman was awarded damages of $57 million in relation to mesh implant surgery, and more than 800 women are currently taking legal action in the UK. Yet so far the Government have sat on the fence on this issue, acknowledging in answers to parliamentary questions from the hon. Member...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: I absolutely agree and thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that. Currently in the UK, there are about 100 types of vaginal mesh implants. Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, has raised concerns about the evidence that mesh manufacturers need to provide before their products are approved and made available on the NHS. It is extremely worrying that...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: Absolutely. Studies need to go far beyond the two years. I am delighted that Labour has called for a public inquiry into the use of mesh. As my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) rightly said, it is extremely worrying that mesh surgery has been introduced so widely, with so little evidence and with limited trials to support it. I call on the Government to...

EU Exit Negotiations: Points of Order (17 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I seek your advice on a matter relating to the A63 road in my constituency, known locally as Castle Street? It is a major route into the city and many of my constituents are worried about the lack of clarity on this issue. On 17 July, I wrote to the Transport Secretary to invite him to meet me. It has taken two-and-a-half months for his Parliamentary...

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of changes to the state pension age on women born in the 1950s.

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: What encouragement are the Government giving to the 1,524 women in my constituency of Hull West and Hessle who are suffering because of the lack of notice given by this Government about changes to the state pension age?

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: The hon. Gentleman mentions the top-up on the local supported housing allowance. In Hull, that would be only £69.73—well below the needs of the organisations that the hon. Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr Prisk) mentioned, such as Emmaus and the Salvation Army. My fear is that the money coming from the local authority will not be ring-fenced, sustained or available beyond a...

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Emma Hardy: The latest announcement of the loss of 400 jobs in Brough will be devastating to communities such as Hull and East Riding. I am sorry, but the response so far reeks of complacency. It is not good enough to say that Siemens have created jobs in Hull so that workers from Brough can find jobs elsewhere. We want more jobs, not fewer. So here is a simple question for the Minister: will she choose...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Emma Hardy: I should start by declaring an interest: I am still paying off my student loans. Student fees will always be an emotive issue, but I believe that everybody on both sides of the House wants the same outcome. We all want an education system that allows every child to reach their potential and equips citizens for life and work in our country. Some Members argued that the staggering debt that...


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