Surgical Mesh Implants

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June to Question 146919 on Surgical Mesh Implants, which arm’s length bodies the Government is in dialogue with to assess how it can continue to build on the evidence base for surgical mesh.

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

Following publication of NHS Digital’s ‘Retrospective Review of Surgery for Urogynaecological Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence using Tape or Mesh’, at the request of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lord O’Shaughnessy), the Chief Medical Officer sought views on what the data tells us and what further questions it raises from arm’s length bodies, professional groups/societies, academics and campaign groups.

The arm’s length bodies and professional groups/societies approached were NHS England, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Association of Urological Surgeons and the British Society of Urogynaecology.

The Department is also in dialogue with NHS England, NICE, MHRA and NHS Digital on the matter.

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