Newry MLA welcomes mesh implants review

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Friday, July 10th, 2020

Sinn Fein MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed the Cumberledge review into mesh implants.

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Speaking after the publication of the ‘First Do No Harm’, report the Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “The ‘First Do No Harm’ report is a testimony to the courage and determination of women harmed by mesh implant surgery to hold the medical establishment to account.



“The report cites surgeons that didn’t just fail to listen to their patients but, fearful of litigation, actively ignored them.

“It exposes a culture of denial that misdirected and even intimidated patients.”

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Liz continued, “The report uncovers a lack of transparency with regards to regulation and institutional and professional resistance to changing practices, even in the face of mounting safety concerns.

“The Cumberledge report calls for a range of measures from an official apology and redress to the establishment of a Patient Safety Commissioner and reform of the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.”



The local MLA continued, “My colleague MLA Órlaithí Flynn has contacted the Minister for Health, Robin Swann and requested an urgent response to this report and official evaluation of its implications within this jurisdiction.

“She has also expressed ongoing concerns to the Minister about the provision of care for those injured by mesh implants, specifically the continuing struggle to access removal surgery.

“Across the island of Ireland and across the world, women injured by mesh are speaking truth to power in challenging assumptions about who decides about women’s health.



Liz added, “In raising their voices, collectively and in solidarity, women are asserting their right to a diligent, responsive and ethical delivery of health services.”


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