An expert in mesh implant removal looks set to come to Scotland to help women who’ve been affected by the scandal, it has emerged.
Health secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed Dr Dionysios Veronikis has been invited over to treat women who received the botched procedure, and train other doctors in how to carry out the treatment.
It means Scottish women will no longer have to seek the treatment abroad, and brings to fruition a campaign from victims, charities and opposition politicians which has been ongoing for years.
Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said:
“This is fantastic news for the victims of the mesh scandal who have suffered for too long.
“Mesh implants have been suspended in Scotland already, and that’s welcome progress in itself for the potentially thousands of women who would otherwise have been subjected to this.
“Now there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the women who’ve already suffered.
“It means not only can they access treatment here to have these removed, but that other medical professionals can be trained in how to do this.
“It’s taken far too long to reach this stage, but there will be relief all round that we finally have.”