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Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report finally released - Mesh Down Under

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"Someone is lying. And no one is taking responsibility"

"We have been treated like guinea pigs."

The Ministry Of Health (MOH) has just published a gut-wrenching report. It includes personal statements like these.

Mesh Down Under have now had an opportunity to read this report have decided that it gives a realistic incite and finally exposes the truth.

The report is the response to a MOH supported initiative. It is a Restorative Justice and research project that was aimed to put things right. Mesh Down Under was part of the design team and fully support this process.

The report leads the reader on a candid journey through the Victoria University research and the Restorative Justice process.

For some, reading the report could be a helpful therapeutic experience. It could be a brutal read for those responsible.The report explains what has happened, how and maybe explains why. It includes some agreed actions by ‘responsible parties’ as to how they will provide for the needs of the ‘survivors’.

It talks about obstructive and protracted claims and processes with the Accident Compensation Corporation and a lack of acknowledgement by the Health and Disability Commissioner.

It highlights a culture of ignorance and dismissiveness by some doctors towards patients presenting with complications. It states that this is exacerbated by claims of bullying inside medical fraternity.

The report has made some people terribly sad, yet others are outraged.

It was noted that decision making should be "made on evidence and not emotion".

There is no mesh implant registry or formal audit to track any evidence of outcomes. The report has not addressed this important point.

‘Responsible parties’ that attended a meeting in Wellington last month have been said to have expressed their horror, frustration, trauma, deep sadness, disappointment and even shame over the indifference, arrogance and lack of compassion that survivors have encountered in our health system.

As the lyrical poem on page three of the report says "Ministry of Health, it is now up to you."

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