MSPs to hear from US mesh expert
A US-based surgeon who has developed techniques to allow full removal of transvaginal mesh implants it to give evidence
at to MSPs.
Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee will meet on Thursday despite the October recess to hear from Dr Dionysios Veronikis regarding a long-running petition set up by mesh survivors.
Dr Veronikis had previously been expected to come to Scotland to share information about his removal techniques.
However, he withdrew his offer to cooperate with the Scottish Government earlier this year after becoming “exasperated” with the process, claiming his “goodwill has been abused”.
Committee convener Johann Lamont said: “The petitioners have great faith in the techniques being pioneered by Dr Veronikis and they believe that his work offers an important glimmer of hope for the women whose lives have been scarred by mesh operations’ impact.
“That hope has now been significantly dimmed as a result of the relationship between the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and Dr Veronikis breaking down.
“We want to hear Dr Veronikis’ views and understand the issues from his perspective, as well as to find out what, if anything, our committee can do to advocate on behalf of the women whose futures potentially hinge on this doctor.”
Mesh implants were used to treat conditions such as incontinence and prolapse after childbirth, but many women have experienced painful and debilitating side effects.
A national mesh removal service, based within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, was announced by the Scottish Government in July.