Sling the Mesh holds a ‘virtual rally’ of 10 Downing Street ahead of a Parliamentary meeting into the controversial implants scandal

PUBLISHED: 14:02 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:02 17 November 2017

Sling The Mesh to hold a virtual Twitter rally to 10 Downing Street

Sling The Mesh to hold a virtual Twitter rally to 10 Downing Street

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The Prime Minister’s official home at 10 Downing Street is the next step in our Sling The Mesh campaign when women hold a ‘virtual rally’ in the capital.

The risk of suffering a loss of sex life from one of these TVT mesh tape kits has not been included in NHS risk figures given to women. PHOTO: Sling The Mesh The risk of suffering a loss of sex life from one of these TVT mesh tape kits has not been included in NHS risk figures given to women. PHOTO: Sling The Mesh

The rally will be held the evening before the first official All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) into mesh.

Speaking at the APPG will be leading professors, surgeons and MPs alongside Kath Sansom who will represent Sling The Mesh Facebook campaign group, which has grown to 4,400 members.

It had 1,100 members six months ago.

Kath said: “Many women are in too much pain to travel to the capital to protest, so we are doing a virtual rally instead via social media.

“We will be Tweeting 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister and her health secretaries, to raise awareness of what is clearly a national women’s health scandal and a personal disaster for everyone affected.

The MHRA admits that austerity measures are challenging in the medical device department. Sling The Mesh is calling for a public inquiry and mesh implants to be suspended. The MHRA admits that austerity measures are challenging in the medical device department. Sling The Mesh is calling for a public inquiry and mesh implants to be suspended.

“An issue that gets support from politicians in every party is clearly a matter of great concern.

“There has been woefully inadequate auditing of mesh outcomes by surgeons, so nobody knows the true scale of this disaster, but I can guarantee you it is way higher than the one to three per cent risk quoted by the NHS.

“Most surgeons only follow up women for a few months post surgery. Some problems don’t cut in for years.

“Even if there are problems, less than 40 per cent of surgeons report them to their databases.

“In addition most women on the group are told their intense pain has nothing to do with their mesh operation so in the surgeon’s eyes it is not a complication to report.

“All they see is that they fixed the incontinence or prolapse - they ignore the fact that women are left with ruined life quality.

“Studies used to calculate risk are short term and did not include risk of loss of sex life - this has been done deliberately to keep the statistics low.

“Even those low figures were worked out five years ago, so are not current, and the Government are ignoring a new study that shows risk is at least 10 per cent.

“That study looked at more than 92,000 women over eight years using the NHS’s own hospital readmission figures for women with mesh problems.

“The Government not listening. Enough is enough.”

• Sling The Mesh is calling for the Government to suspend vaginal/pelvic mesh implants while a public inquiry is carried out and a National register set up to track problems.

• The first All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) into mesh is at Portcullis House on Tuesday November 21 from 3 to 4pm.

• The Sling The Mesh virtual rally will be on Monday 20 from 6pm to 7pm. If you want to take part search @meshcampaign.

• Send tweets to @Number10gov, @Number10press, @jamesosh, @JackieDP, @Jeremy_hunt, @Theresa_may.

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