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Transvaginal mesh: MSP Neil Findlay challenges Health Secretary Alex Neil over ban refusal

Scottish Labour health spokesman praises Dumfries and Galloway for axing implants despite fears of manufacturer legal backlash

Frontbench Labour MSP Neil Findlay challenged Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil yesterday over his refusal to ban use of transvaginal mesh implants which have left many women in permanent pain.

The Labour health spokesman's comments came as Dumfries and Galloway's health board revealed it would end the procedure, a decision he praised as “welcome and explosive.”

Mr Findlay said: “The health secretary told us last September that he could not do this because he feared the NHS would be sued by manufacturers.

“This health board have taken the correct step to protect women while Alex Neil has chosen to protect the profits of a multinational corporation.”

Scottish Mesh Survivors campaign representative Karen Neil said: “This is the breakthrough we have been waiting for.”

Dumfries and Galloway will be the first health authority in Britain to stop using polypropylene transvaginal mesh for treating prolapse.

Medical director Dr Angus Cameron also called for an urgent review of mesh tape, known as TVT, which is used to treat bladder problems.

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