Make implants ban permanent

SIR, —  Several years ago, I was approached by female residents in South Down regarding the pain and discomfort they had and were continuing to suffer as a result of the ion of mesh implants to correct urinary incontinence.

Such was their persistent pain and agony that I tabled a motion at the Houses of Parliament which gained cross-party support urging an end to the use of mesh implants.

This campaign gained momentum last year when campaigning groups were formed and MPs continued to lobby for an end to their use. The women also had medical support for their campaign from a London-based consultant.

Eventually, the NHS in England issued a statement two weeks ago banning their use followed by a statement from the Department of Health in Belfast imposing a ban on their use in Northern Ireland. I would hope that the temporary ban on the use of mesh implants could become permanent.

Tribute must be paid to the women in Northern Ireland who, whilst enduring ongoing piercing pain, continued with their worthwhile campaign.  

I salute those women for their fortitude and hope that the ban on the use of vaginal mesh implants becomes permanent and that other measures are investigated and implemented to correct urinary incontinence which will not cause the same level of pain and discomfort.

Yours etc,


Former South Down MP.