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Scotland's health minister, Shona Robinson, has issued an apology to Scottish women who received the vaginal mesh implants which are at the centre of a medical product claim scandal.

"I'm happy to apologise to the women for having to basically campaign to bring it to everyone's attention," said Robinson.

"It should never have taken women to have to campaign in this way to shine a light on this issue. I want to thank them for all that they have done. They have left a legacy for other women. That is probably cold comfort for the ladies sitting behind me."

The apology is yet another small step towards ensuring that the women affected by the scandal receive the recognition they deserve, with many feeling that the medical community did too little to address the issue.

The faulty medical products have left a distressing and painful legacy for the women who received the mesh implants; many have suffered from bladder problems, and prolapse, accompanied by pain and discomfort caused by the surgical mesh.

It is thought that nearly 2,000 women in Scotland received the implants and that around 5% of these have gone on to develop serious complications. An independent review into the products is currently taking place; however, the action group Scottish Mesh Survivors has called for a public inquiry into the products.

The apology followed a question by Labour MSP Neil Findlay who said that the medical establishment had failed to take the problems seriously. "Do you think someone should apologise to those women who were not believed?" he asked.


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