Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have backed a public inquiry into the ongoing vaginal mesh scandal.
Surgical mesh implants have been used to treat various conditions afflicting women, from incontinence to organ prolapse. However large numbers of women have reported pain from the material and the procedure, The Independent reports.
Labour has said it will announce backing for the public inquiry today (Wednesday October 18) and demand that the use of surgical mesh be banned immediately while the inquiry is in progress.
MPs have also gathered today to hold a debate on the issue. The debate was called by Emma Hardy, MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle.
Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, speaking ahead of today’s debate, said:
“Mesh implants have left women in permanent pain, unable to walk, and unable to work. This is an ongoing public health scandal and the Government need to do much more to support those affected.
“Ministers have said Nice will publish updated guidance for these products but not until January 2018. Mesh implants should be taken off the market now until we know more about the threat they pose to women’s safety.
“The Government have failed to answer big questions about the extent of this public health scandal, including how many women have been affected and why a product with such terrible risks was allowed into the market in the first place.
“Labour is calling for a full inquiry to uncover the extent of the harm done by mesh implants so we can be sure that this never happens again.”