I remind the chamber that we are having this statement only because Labour demanded it.
Nonetheless, I very warmly welcome the progress that has been made on bringing Dr Veronikis to Scotland. It appears that campaigning and pressure work, which is a good thing.
However, something does not stack up. On 20 June, I asked the cabinet secretary whether there were any plans to bring back mesh. In her answer, she said:
“I have not instructed any planning to consider the lifting of that halt and the Scottish Government has undertaken no work to that effect”.—[
20 June 2019; c 74.]
However, the minutes of the transvaginal mesh accountable officers group of 22 February state:
“With the likely publication of key guidance later in the year, it will be helpful to look at how reintroduction of the surgical service will work in practice”.
The minutes go on to state:
“Primary mesh operations could be performed in Individual Boards”.
The cabinet secretary has either lied to the women in Scotland and lied to this Parliament—