Health minister Steve Barclay MP praises women’s mesh implant suspension across England

Steve Barclay MP with Cambs Time reporter Kath Sansom

Steve Barclay MP with Cambs Time reporter Kath Sansom - Credit: Archant

MP Steve Barclay has praised the Government’s announcement to suspend the use of vaginal mesh following a Cambs Times campaign led by our reporter Kath Sansom.

Mr Barclay, who is a health minister, thanked Kath for “tirelessly and bravely” campaigning.

It follows a safety review earlier this week that mesh implants to treat incontinence were being stopped immediately in hospitals across England.

In post on social media this afternoon (July 13), Mr Barclay said: “Following the Government’s announcement this week of a suspension of the use of vaginal mesh, I wish to pass on my thanks to constituent Kath Samson, who has campaigned tirelessly and bravely for this via her Sling the Mesh Group.

“Whilst it has taken longer than both of us would have liked, and there is more still to be done, Kath has succeeded in getting this issue firstly reviewed and then acted on.


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“As a Health Minister I will continue to work with colleagues in the Department of Health to ensure those suffering from mesh complications are listened to.”

The news has prompted celebrations for women across the UK in Sling The Mesh campaign, launched by Kath in June 2015 with just 20 women.

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The group now has more than 6,100 members.

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