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MPs call for urgent ban on surgical mesh

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 20 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1758
  1. Jacqui Wise

MPs have called on the government to urgently suspend all mesh implant operations and for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to bring forward guidelines on using mesh in stress related urinary incontinence from 2019 to 2018.

Leading the debate in the House of Commons on 19 April, Emma Hardy, MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, also called for pelvic floor physiotherapy to be offered to all new mothers as standard on the NHS, as happens in France.

She said, “Mesh was given to lots of young women following childbirth—many women still in their 30s—and it has left them feeling disabled. These women were injured. These women were ignored. These women …

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