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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21040: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the St Louis-based obstetrician-gynaecologist, Dr Dionysios Veronikis, has offered to come to Scotland to remove surgical mesh from patients and train other surgeons on how to do this.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 24 January 2019

In Scotland, removal of mesh implants is presently undertaken by the ‘Mesh Complication Service’ in two specialised centres in NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The two Scottish centres work collaboratively and offer a full complement of surgical treatment. The surgeons are committed to both high quality clinical care and governance. The vital importance of shared decision making is recognised, thus ensuring that patients are able to give fully informed consent.

Any need for further professional development will be identified – as necessary – by Health Boards, other UK specialised centres and professional bodies. Health Boards may consider offers of assistance but, clearly, all those suggested must be of appropriate professional standing and must possess relevant clearance by the General Medical Council to practice in the UK.