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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08548: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 30 March 2017 (Official Report, c. 57), for what reason the final mesh report did not refer to figures in NATURE that suggested that at least 15% of women who undergo the procedure could face serious risks in their lifetime.

Answered by: Shona Robison 28 April 2017

The Independent Review confirmed to me that it agreed, in considering the effectiveness of procedures, it would only use Cochrane Reviews as these are the international “gold standard” for systematic reviews. This was to avoid re-reviewing research data that was already reviewed in other documents and might therefore have introduced the potential for bias. This review fell outside of the scope as it is neither a formal Safety Agency Review, nor is it a Cochrane Review.