Woman is jailed after exaggerating injuries from vaginal mesh operationBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1661 (Published 09 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1661
- Clare Dyer
- 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 …