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Woman is jailed after exaggerating injuries from vaginal mesh operation

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 09 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1661
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A woman who tried to defraud the NHS of £2.3m (€2.7m; $3m) by making an exaggerated clinical negligence claim over an unnecessary vaginal mesh operation in 2010 has been given a five month jail sentence.

Lesley Elder, 50, claimed she was in constant pain and could no longer work, walk unaided, or go on holiday, but was caught out by a Facebook photo of her in 2012 at her daughter’s hen party in Ibiza.

Investigators acting on behalf of the NHS put Elder under surveillance in …

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