Fellow Calls for Public Enquiry

18 April 2018

The scale of the problems presented by vaginal mesh implants has been confirmed by an NHS review. At least 500 removal operations have been carried out in England each year since 2008.

Kellogg Fellow and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine, Carl Heneghan has called for a public inquiry into the use of mesh, he said the report highlighted the urgent need for proper registries on medical devices that would establish complication rates and safety far more rapidly.

Most vaginal mesh implants used in the NHS were launched without clinical trials. “Twenty years after the first device was approved, we’re only just starting to get to grips with the evidence base,” Heneghan said. “That means there’s been experimentation for 20 years.”

Read the full article covering the findings of the NHS review in The Guardian.