Government launches review into vaginal mesh

Government launches review into vaginal mesh

On 30 January this year, the government announced it would carry out a full retrospective audit of how many women in England have suffered complications as a result of vaginal mesh implants.

The implants, made of polypropylene, are used to treat urinary incontinence which is common after childbirth. Most of the mesh devices were used without going through clinical trials, and whilst most women suffer no ill effects, others have been left in agony as the mesh has cut into tissue, leaving many with life-changing complications.

It is estimated that over 100,000 UK women have had a mesh fitted.

The review comes after an all-party parliamentary group was set up to investigate the scale of the problem.

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, recently stated that the mesh should be banned. It has already been banned in Scotland since 2014. Another device known as Tape is much smaller and has a much lower risk of causing complications.

Kath Sansom, founder of the campaign group, Sling the Mesh, said: “After two decades of mesh use with poor audit, the government is finally hearing the voices of women whose lives have changed beyond repair.”

She said that a survey of members of the campaign group showed that many had suffered chronic pain, had lost their partners, left their jobs and been affected by anxiety and depression due to complications from surgery.

Did you undergo this treatment after June 2015 without being provided with informed consent of the full risks?

Roberts Jackson has a team of experienced clinical negligence practitioners. When managing negligence claims we always put the needs of our client first. We also aim to keep the process simple and straightforward, and pride ourselves on treating each client as an individual to ensure that every case is handled in a sensitive and honest manner. The firm will only ever take on your claim if we believe that it is in your best interests.

During our consultation, we may ask you the following questions to determine whether or not you should claim:

  • You feel you didn’t receive enough information about the risks of the implant prior to surgery
  • You were unaware that the implant would be permanent
  • You were not offered a consultation prior to the procedure, or were not given enough time prior to the procedure to consider the pros and cons
  • You were disappointed with the standard of surgery you received
  • You sought health care on one or multiple occasions after your surgery, as a result of the implant, and were not dealt with appropriately
  • Your subsequent complaints were ignored by healthcare staff
  • You have had to have revision surgery to repair the damage caused by your mesh implant
  • You were not offered any other alternatives to vaginal mesh implants prior to surgery, such as pessaries, surgery without mesh or pelvic floor therapy

If you fall into any of these categories, we recommend that you contact a member of our medical negligence team as soon as possible on 0800 001 4496 for a free initial consultation as there is a strong chance that you are entitled to claim for compensation.


When enlisting the services of a specialist legal firm like Roberts Jackson Solicitors, you can be safe in the knowledge that you will receive the right level of service and compensation at the end of the process.

When calculating what amount of compensation to claim for, our solicitors will make sure that everything is covered, from medical treatment to lost earnings. We will also liaise with medical specialists so that any potential future financial and medical issues are taken into account.

Our team will then negotiate with the responsible party to achieve you the maximum level of compensation within the minimum amount of time, allowing you to gain access to the financial support you need as soon as possible.