The cost of private surgery to remove transvaginal mesh will be reimbursed under a proposed new law.
The Transvaginal Mesh Removal (Cost Reimbursement) (Scotland) Bill will establish a scheme which will reimburse those who have paid privately to undergo mesh removal surgery.
The costs in each case are estimated at £16,000 – £23,000.
To ensure patients receive treatment they have confidence in, a procurement process to allow appropriately qualified surgeons outside the NHS to bid to perform removal for patients in Scotland is underway and will shortly conclude.
This will complement the Complex Pelvic Mesh Removal Service already established in NHS Scotland and is intended to allow everyone affected to get the treatment and care that they need.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf (pictured) said:
“I absolutely recognise the serious distress that may have led women to using their own funds to seek mesh removal surgery privately.
“This legislation aims to help those who have undergone private treatment by allowing these past costs to be refunded.
“We recognise that some women have been let down by the NHS when they presented with complications and that is simply unacceptable.
“We are working to build confidence in our Scottish services and the various projects underway, including the Case Record Review and our work with the Health and Social Care Alliance will support this.
“Nonetheless, alternative options will be available to those who feel unable to be treated in Scotland, achieving the ultimate objective on ensuring all people get the treatment and care that they need.”