The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, has released a letter detailing plans to improve treatments for transvaginal mesh complications.
Following a parliamentary debate upon this topic on 5th March 2019, an expert panel appointed by Ms Freeman held their first meeting on 5th April 2019 and will be holding further meetings over the coming months. They are expected to release their recommendations to health board chief executives in Autumn 2019.
The expert group is made up of senior clinical managers, medical directors, key specialists and a nominated clinician who will represent patient views. The possibility of further patient representation is being considered and, to this end, the advice of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Transvaginal Mesh Oversight Group and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland is being sought.
The duties of the expert panel are to:
- ‘consider the physical and psychological needs of women who experience complications following vaginal mesh surgery;
- consider sharing experience, techniques and learning with colleagues in Europe, the USA and elsewhere. For this to be successful it is important that surgeons and clinical teams engage with counterparts of proven merit and who are regarded by the professionals as leaders and innovators in their field;
- review the course and organisation of care for patients suffering complications in Scotland with a broader UK perspective;
- examine the complex education and training requirements we must have to ensure a sustainable and resilient high quality service; and
- identify the resource requirements to provide the service our patients need.’
For further information, please read the full press release here.