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Cumberlege Review to be reported in July.

 

The long-awaited review into Vaginal Mesh, Sodium Valproate and Primodos will now be reported in July after it was postponed due to COVID19.

What is the Cumberlege Review?

The Cumberlege Review was announced by Jeremy Hunt in February 2018 in response to reports from patients about side effects from three NHS treatments:

  • The hormone pregnancy test Primodos, which was used up until 1978
  • The anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate (we have previously shared a blog on Sodium Valproate, which can be viewed here)
  • Vaginal Mesh

Baroness Julia Cumberlege has been leading the review which has considered whether further action is needed relating to the complaints around Primodos, Sodium Valproate and Vaginal Mesh, the processes followed by the NHS and its regulators when a problem is reported by a patient, and how the communication between all groups involved can be improved.

Since the launch of the review, the use of vaginally inserted mesh for stress urinary incontinence has been paused.

What is vaginal mesh?

Vaginal mesh has been used to treat female Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) since the 1970’s. Complications following surgery include, chronic pain, bleeding, organ perforation and urinary problems.

Sara Westwood has previously acted on behalf of a client who suffered an injury to her bladder following a mesh tape procedure, resulting in significant pain and discomfort and a further three procedures to remove the tape.

The Case Study can be viewed here.

Postponed due to COVID19.

The Cumberlege review was due to be published in March 2020 but had to be postponed due to Covid19.

The review will report on the 8th July, with the hope that there will be the introduction of various provisions to improve medical device safety as well as improvements in data collection to protect women in the future.

Let us take it from here.

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