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Patients asked to dance in thin ice- ban surgical mesh now

PATIENTS ASKED TO DANCE ON THIN ICE – BAN SURGICAL MESH NOW

New Zealand First is calling for a halt to the use of surgical mesh until it is proven to be safe.

“The government should have stopped the use of surgical mesh at the first signs of severe complications – people must come first, not dollars,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Decisive decision making was needed but, instead, more and more patients had mesh implanted for hernias and organ prolapse.

“Hundreds of claims have been made to ACC and many normal lives ruined because recipients are in constant pain. They should not have been condemned to lives in agony.

“When a New Zealand surgeon specialising in mesh removal says that it is complicated, and that transvaginal mesh for women patients should not be used, the government should listen.

“If there is ongoing surgery, no amount of reviews, investigations and inquiries will protect new patients from complications.

“To place the decision for surgery on them, as recommended, is asking them to dance on thin ice,” says Mr Peters.

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