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Health minister says women harmed by mesh should sue their surgeons

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 14 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l738
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A health minister has called on women to sue their surgeons for clinical negligence if they have experienced complications from mesh treatment.

Speaking in an adjournment debate about medical devices, Jackie Doyle-Price said that she did not want to pre-empt what will come out of the Cumberlege review, which is due to report later this year.1 But she said, “It is becoming clear that mesh was deployed far too insensibly—far too many women were given this treatment, often at comparatively young ages, given that this was going to stay in their body for a long time.”

She said that the conversations that had taken place between women who were having this treatment and their surgeons were “utterly inadequate.”

Doyle-Price told the House of Commons, “I say to those women who have …

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