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Mesh campaigners are dismayed by minister’s blunder over NICE guidance

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4879 (Published 20 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4879
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Campaigners have said that they feel betrayed by a government minister who led them to believe that guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for treating stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse would be published before the end of the year.

Jackie Doyle-Price, England’s social care minister, was speaking at the end of a debate on surgical mesh implants in the House of Commons on 18 October, at which MPs relayed stories about how their constituents had been left in pain and unable to work or look after their families, with broken relationships, ruined sex lives, and post-traumatic stress disorder, after being fitted with mesh implants for stress incontinence, vaginal prolapse, or hernia repair.

Doyle-Price rejected MPs’ calls for a public inquiry into the number of people harmed after surgery to fit mesh implants, saying that a ban on the use of mesh implants was unnecessary.

“With regard to the evidence, we expect to …

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