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Minister blames doctors for adverse reactions to mesh implants

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 20 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4889
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

A health minister has blamed doctors and their “arrogance towards women” for the large number of patients who have reported life changing adverse effects from mesh implant surgery.

Jackie Doyle-Price, England’s social care minister, caused disappointment among campaigners on 18 October when she rejected calls for an immediate ban on the use of surgical mesh implants and for a public inquiry into the extent of adverse effects after their use for stress incontinence, vaginal prolapse, and hernia repair.

She also caused confusion when she said that guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence would be issued “before the end of the …

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