Women affected by mesh removal procedure will be offered financial support to cover costs associated with physical or emotional self-care.
Last month, the Scottish Government 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).
The Scottish Government has now progressed plans for this women’s fund and the scheme will be open for applications from 1 July 2020.
To apply for a one-off £1,000 payment, women must have received a transvaginal mesh implant, either from or on behalf of an NHS Scotland Health Board, and have experienced complications as a result of that implant.
Women are entitled to claim if they have, at their own expense, had to pay for emotional or practical support. This could include, purchasing self-care items like incontinence pads or if they have had to undertake considerable travel as a result of their condition.
Applications must be completed any point up to 31 May 2021 to ensure confirmation and payment ahead of the closing date of 30 June 2021. Should an eligible applicant be unable to complete an application form, their representative can do so on their behalf. The scheme will be run by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and application forms will soon be available online via NHS Inform (this link will take you away from our website).
The Scottish Government will make every effort to ensure that affected women are made aware of this fund. Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement, Irene Oldfather, ALLIANCE Director of Strategy and Engagement said:
“It’s great to see that the voice of women has been heard and that the fund is opening on 1 July. Thanks to all those who have campaigned so hard to bring this to fruition.”
You can read more about the fund and eligibility criteria on the Scottish Government website (this like will take you away from our website).