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Recommendations of the Mesh Pause Clinical Advisory Group

From: Professor Keith Willett and Dr Kathy McLean

On 10 July 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Chief Medical Officer announced a "pause" in the use of synthetic mesh/tape to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and urogynaecological prolapse where the mesh is inserted through the vaginal wall.

This "pause" will be introduced as a "Restriction of Use", as well as a "High Vigilance Restriction Period" for any exceptions to the restriction (and for a wider group of related procedures). 

NHS England has now established a Clinical Advisory Group of expert members representing NHS England Medical Directors and Specialised Commissioning CRG, the British Society of Urogynaecologists (BSUG), the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI), The Pelvic Floor Society (TPFS) and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), all of whom have provided recommendations to the Chief Medical Officer.

Click here to view the recommendations of the Mesh Pause Clinical Advisory Group

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