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Award people in England harmed by mesh or valproate interim £25 000, says safety commissioner

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 07 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q303
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

People who have been harmed by pelvic mesh or exposure to valproate in utero should receive an interim award of £25 000, followed by a main payout according to their individual needs, the patient safety commissioner for England has said.

Henrietta Hughes, a practising GP, said that thousands of women and children had been harmed by the two treatments and called on the government to act immediately to set up a redress programme as a “crucial step towards acknowledging the challenges faced by families impacted.”

She added, “If the government does not accept my recommendations, it would be a cruel and callous disregard for the many vulnerable people who have suffered through no fault of their own. The government would be signalling that they do not care about disabled …

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