February 2020: Motion to Parliament recognising Johnson & Johnson Fine in Mesh Scandal Case.
Motion Number: S5M-20702
Lodged By: Neil Findlay
Date Lodged: 03/02/2020
Title: Johnson & Johnson Fined $344 Million in Mesh Scandal Case
That the Parliament notes that a court in California has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $344 million in penalties for deceptively marketing pelvic mesh devices; understands the state attorney general accused the company of putting “profits ahead of the health of millions of women”; believes that these are the same transvaginal mesh products that were sold to NHS boards and trusts across the UK and implanted into women, causing many to experience life changing and debilitating injury; understands that Johnson & Johnson sold more than 780,000 devices in the US between 2008 and 2014, including more than 42,000 in California; calls on Scotland’s NHS boards to declare how many mesh devises they purchased, and questions why the Scottish Government and/or NHS Lothian is not taking similar action to California.
January 2020: MSP Neil Findlay calls for hardship fund for mesh survivors. Read more.
January 2020: Motion submitted to Parliament calling for a fund to be set up to compensate mesh-affected women.
Motion Number: S5M-20394
Lodged By: Neil Findlay
Date Lodged: 10/01/2020
Title: Mesh Fund
That the Parliament notes the calls for the Scottish Government to establish a fund that would compensate mesh-injured women for the costs associated with living with their injury; understands that a significant number have experienced a major loss of income as a direct consequence of serious physical, and in many cases, mental, ill-health issues related to their transvaginal mesh implant, leaving them unable and unfit to work; believes that relationship breakdowns as a result of these injuries has also affected many, resulting in households experiencing the loss of around half of their income; understands that, in some cases, partners of mesh-injured women have had to retire from work early so that they can offer vital care to their partner; acknowledges that many mesh-injured women are often refused disability benefits, such as personal independence payments, resulting in insufficient income to cover basic essentials related to their disability, including continence products, transport costs to and from hospital and laundry, bedding and clothing costs; recognises that a number have used their life savings or have borrowed from friends and family to travel to the US for full mesh removal performed by the expert surgeon, Dr Veronikis; notes the calls for the full reimbursement of costs to the women who travelled abroad to receive surgery and treatment; further notes the view that it should be right and just for the Scottish Government to compensate women across the country who have experienced financial loss or hardship as a consequence of their mesh implants; understands that women across Scotland, including in Lothian, were unaware of the risks associated with transvaginal mesh and were offered no alternatives, and notes the calls for the Scottish Government to provide mesh-injured women with the help and support that it believes they urgently need and deserve.
December 2019: Mesh injured women have voiced disappointment after the First Minister rejected calls to halt implant removal in Scotland until the arrival of a US expert. Read more.
September 2019: A mesh campaigner who underwent a life-changing operation in America has urged health secretary Jeane Freeman to honour her pledge to bring the surgeon to Scotland. Read more.
March 2019: Members’ Business: Scottish Government Declines Help of Mesh Expert – 5 March 2019. Watch debate.
July 2018 – Findlay is joint winner of Holyrood Magazine’s ‘Political Hero of the Year Award’ for work on mesh. Read More.
April 2018 – Findlay calls on Shona Robison to resign as Health Secretary over the mesh scandal among other transgressions. Read More.
December 2017 – Cross-party critics unite to condemn Shona Robison for Scotland’s handling of escalating mesh crisis, Findlay criticises members of the oversight group. Read More.
March 2017 – 97 MSPs sign statement of support with mesh survivors at Holyrood. Read More.
September 2016 – US lawyer meets Findlay to deliver documents showing mesh makers Boston Scientific (BSc) sourced the polypropylene resin used in implants from an area of China notorious for counterfeit materials. Read More.
September 2016 – Top surgeon refers to mesh scandal as a ‘tragedy created by greed’. Read More.
October 2015 – Revealed more than 80 women have received mesh procedure since its suspension in June 2014, Health Secretary Shona Robison apologises to those who have received the treatment. Read More.
June 2014 – Health Secretary Alex Neil calls for suspension of mesh procedures in Scotland. Read More.
March 2014 – Hundreds of Scottish women launch damages claim against mesh producers. Read More.
March 2013 – A number of Scottish women take legal advice regarding mesh implants after numerous complications. Read More.