Surgical Mesh Implants

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th June 2018.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Labour, Pontypridd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the three-year limit in medical negligence cases for mesh-injured patients.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There is no plan to extend the three-year limit in medical negligence cases specifically for mesh-injured patients.

Under section 11 of the Limitation Act 1980 a patient is able to bring a claim for damages for clinical negligence against a trust or any other healthcare provider within three years from the date of injury. However, this can be longer if the patient is a child, when the three year period only begins on his/her eighteenth birthday the patient has a mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983 so as to be incapable of managing his/ her own affairs, when the three year period is suspended or there was an interval before the patient realised or could reasonably have found out that he/she had suffered a significant injury possibly related to his/her treatment.

The ‘date of knowledge’ of an injury could be a number of years after the treatment. In recognition that there may be some cases where the prescribed period is inadequate, the Limitation Act 1980 also gives the court discretion to disapply the limitation period in respect of claims for personal injuries when it considers it just and equitable to do so.

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