Highlands & Islands MSP emphasises the importance of informed patient choice in surgical mesh treatment

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has stressed the importance of informed patient choice when considering the use of surgical mesh treatment.

Contributing to a debate on a public petition which called for suspending the use of surgical mesh and fixation devices, Ms Roddick praised the work of surgical mesh petitioners, expressing that those who continued to share their stories and raise awareness of the issue had contributed greatly to the discourse.

Ms Roddick went on to highlight the importance of empowering patients to fully understand their treatment, ask questions, and request alternatives where necessary.

She said:

“I, like many, am pleased with the progress that was made last year on transvaginal mesh, ensuring that mesh-injured women can access treatment in Scotland and elsewhere with an independent provider. One of the strong themes within that debate was the importance of choice – something that remains just as important today.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that lived experience is heard and that patients are provided with the necessary support to make informed decisions about their treatment. 

“It is devastating to hear that people, mostly women, have felt dismissed by doctors when they experience complications or negative symptoms. As a young woman with a chronic illness myself, I know how difficult this experience can be. We must do better.

“I am, therefore, pleased to see the Scottish Government listening to concerns and paying close attention to the ongoing work and research. This is an issue which must be continuously monitored and I will do my bit in ensuring that happens.

“I’d like to thank the individuals who have lodged this petition and contributed to the debate. I commend their bravery in sharing their stories and contributing significantly to this important debate.

“I also want to urge any of my constituents in the Highlands & Islands who need treatment or advice to make their wishes known to their clinical team.”