A group dedicated to support and information sharing for New Zealander’s damaged by surgical mesh.
ACC Treatment Injury Claims
From 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2017
On 20 March 2014, a private petition was sent to the Health Select Committee, requesting that an independent inquiry be conducted regarding the safety of surgical mesh in New Zealand. As a result of the petition, ACC undertook a review of all ACC surgical mesh-related claims from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2014 and made these findings publicly available. See ACC Surgical Mesh Review 2015.
The Surgical Mesh-Related Claim Data Report was done in collaboration with Mesh Down UnderTM (www.meshdownunder.co.nz) and Medsafe (www.Medsafe.govt.nz), who helped identify what information would be valuable to enhance understanding and inform decisions.
Mesh in the News
Medsafe, doctors and ACC have failed patients – gynaecologist | 11:51 am on 12 December 2017
…The failure to include the regulation of medical devices in the Bill is one that must be remedied by the Health Select Committee. This omission places the New Zealand public at continued risk and recent events have clearly demonstrated this…
The lack of protection experienced by patients in New Zealand from companies who manufacture substandard or faulty medical devices and then delay acknowledging the problem, sometimes for years, is a major problem that needs to be addressed immediately.
The Gynaecological Mesh
Problems with the use of gynaecological mesh were brought to our attention when we attended the National Women’s Health clinical report day in August 2011. A copy of an article that was written on the issue and appeared in the October issue of the AWHC newsletter is attached as Appendix One.
In researching the article on the use of gynaecological meshes we found a case study on the ACC’s website about this device and after posting the article on the AWHC website, the Council was subsequently contacted by a woman who was experiencing severe problems as a result of having the mesh implanted.
The AWHC believes that events such as these demonstrate that New Zealanders need far more protection from untested and unsafe medical devices than is currently being provided. As Medsafe is only able to order the withdrawal of products from the New Zealand market and in the three examples provided above, did not even do that, the health agencies charged with ensuring that patients are safe have clearly failed in their duty. The need to introduce regulations for medical devices is demonstrably one that requires attending to with considerable urgency. It cannot wait until the new Australia and New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority (ANZTPA) gets underway as this is likely to take years.