ALLIANCE welcomes the setting up of mesh-injured women’s fund

Type: News Item Date Published: 20th May 2020

Women affected by mesh removal procedure will be offered financial support to cover costs associated with physical or emotional self-care.

The Scottish Government recently announced that a £1 million fund is being created to help support women affected by transvaginal mesh complications (this link will take you away from our website).

This fund will allow women to have greater access to practical or emotional support as they see most appropriate.

The scheme, which will be run by NHS National Services Scotland, will open for applications at the start of July and run until the end of June next year. It will be available to women who have experienced complications after having vaginal mesh implanted by or on behalf of a Scottish Health Board. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £1000 to cover costs associated with physical or emotional self-care.

Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement, Irene Oldfather, ALLIANCE Director of Strategy and Engagement said:

“Key to the Cabinet Secretary’s approach were the views of women themselves. The ALLIANCE asked a sample of women how they felt the fund should be allocated and most women that responded expressed the need for key principles of no means testing and an equal allocation.

Scottish Government’s measures announced today by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP are most welcome and make real our commitment to support those affected.”

Further information on precise eligibility criteria and how to apply will be made available closer to the scheme opening date of Wednesday 1 July. You can read more about the fund on the Scottish Government website (this like will take you away from our website).

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