Sling the Mesh: MHRA urges women who have suffered complications to report using Yellow Card Scheme

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In 2012 The Department of Health, the NHS Commissioning Board, NHS surgeons and the Government’s watchdog body the MHRA said they were taking action to help reduce the side effects after surgery.

They also promised to set up a registry making it mandatory for surgeons to report problems. Three years later, however, this is still not in place.

A spokesman for the MHRA said: “The MHRA continues to sympathise greatly with women who have suffered complications.

“As part of a review on tapes and meshes the MHRA looked at a wide range of information from a number of sources that enabled us to conclude the benefit risk.

“We will continue to monitor their safety and performance and we continue to encourage women to report any adverse incidents to us via the Yellow Card Scheme (yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk). Any women who are concerned should speak to their doctor or surgeon.


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“All surgical procedures carry a small element of risk and the MHRA continues to work in collaboration with patients, the NHS, professional bodies and international partners to ensure emerging issues are detected and acted upon quickly.”

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