Sue has attended a parliamentary debate on the regulation of medical devices. The debate was called by Owen Smith MP, following recent scandals involving devices including surgical mesh, defective pacemakers, faulty artificial hips and harmful breast implants.
A recent investigation by The Guardian found that there were 62,000 “adverse incident” reports linked to medical devices between 2015 and 2018. A third of the incidents had serious repercussions for patients and 1,004 resulted in death.
Sue, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Surgical Mesh Implants, attended the debate following meetings with constituents who have been affected by defective medical devices.
Following the debate, Sue said:
“A number of recent problems involving medical devices have called into serious question the way they have historically been tested, approved, and marketed. The use of mesh was suspended last July following serious concerns about its safety.
“I have profound sympathy for all those who are suffering because of surgical mesh. Some women have been left in permanent pain, some are unable to walk, and some are unable to work.
“The Government must ensure that the failings of these devices are understood and corrected so that something like this can never happen again. We need robust regulation in place, with strong licensing and monitoring of medical devices, in order to keep patients safe.”