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Government to consider mesh implant compensation

THE Scottish government has confirmed that it will consider setting up a fund to support mesh-injured women after being quizzed by Lothian Labour MSP Neil Findlay.

Mr Findlay asked the SNP in Holyrood yesterday whether it would provide financial support for hundreds of women who have said that the implants have ruined their lives. 

Vaginal mesh implants have been banned in Scotland since 2018 when the procedure was halted by the chief medical officer. 

The devices had often been used to treat incontinence following childbirth, but have become controversial after reports of infection, pain and bleeding in many of those who have them. 

The Scottish government has now said it will consider the proposal as part of the ongoing budget process, with the details expected to be published early next month. 

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman added that a range of services and support will be considered for the affected women. 

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