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Durkan: Time to ban mesh implants

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has called for a ban on the use of vaginal mesh implants in the treatment of organ prolapse in Northern Ireland. Mr Durkan said that the life altering effects of mesh implants when they do not function properly are too great to risk for any patient.

He said:

“Over the last week, I’ve heard truly harrowing accounts from women across Northern Ireland who have experienced the life altering effects as a result vaginal mesh implants.

“There is now a significant body of evidence which demonstrates the clear danger of using mesh implants in the treatment of organ prolapse. The lived experience of these women is not something which can be overlooked. We need to learn from that experience and move to ban the use of mesh implants immediately.

“It’s estimated that over 7000 women across the North have had a vaginal mesh fitted in the last 10 years. That is a worrying number and I have very real concerns about access to appropriate scans for those involved as well as expertise in our own health service in the removal of these meshes.

“This is not an issue that can wait. A ban on all future implants must be instituted immediately.”

Mark H Durkan MLA

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