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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20381: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what work it has undertaken, since its announcement on 12 September 2018 that mesh surgery would be halted, to ensure that all NHS boards comply with this instruction and not use mesh as happened previously following the suspension announced in 2014 when some boards continued to carry out mesh procedures.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 December 2018

Following the 12 September announcement of the halt, the Chief Medical Officer wrote to all Health Board Chief Executives and Medical Directors in order to instruct them that no further procedures were to be carried out. An exception was permitted in the case of those women who were already on the waiting list. In those circumstances surgery was allowed to go ahead, providing clinicians firstly explained the situation to the patient and sought fresh consent, and Scottish Government officials required Health Boards to confirm that those discussions had taken place.

Health Boards confirm they have complied with the instruction to halt procedures, and surgery has gone ahead only in the exceptional circumstances noted above.