Our reporter Kath Sansom urges modern day suffragettes to join House of Lords rally in support of Sling The Mesh

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 06 February 2018

Editor John Elworthy and reporter Kath Sansom display the Sling The Mesh banner at our offices in March. The banner will be outside  the House of Lords today for a rally that ties in with 100 years of Votes for Women

Editor John Elworthy and reporter Kath Sansom display the Sling The Mesh banner at our offices in March. The banner will be outside the House of Lords today for a rally that ties in with 100 years of Votes for Women


Women’s campaign group Sling the Mesh is staging a modern day suffragette rally to tie in with the 100th anniversary of when women were first given the right to vote in the UK.

Around 50 members of the group, led by our journalist Kath Sansom, are travelling from across Britain to join a protest outside the House of Lords.

They will be calling on the Government to hear their voice with a slogan: ‘100 years of votes for women, now hear our voice, Sling the Mesh’.

The group began in June 2015 with 20 women, today it has 5,400 members.

One of the mesh injured women attending is Annette Power, of Cambridgeshire, who is following in the footsteps of her grandmother who was one of the original suffragettes.

Annette is close to becoming antibiotic resistant and is at risk of sepsis because of a mesh implant given to her to treat mild stress incontinence.

Following the protest women will join Lord Phillip Hunt inside the House of Lords as he calls on ministers to suspend mesh implants pending the outcome of a Government audit, announced last week.

Lord Hunt said: “Pelvic mesh is routinely used in the UK. So many women have suffered as a result and it is time for the Government to take action now by suspending its use.”

A survey of 570 women in Sling the Mesh shows when pelvic mesh implants go wrong there is a “shocking extent of injuries”.

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Surgical Mesh Implants, Owen Smith MP said: “These results are truly heart-breaking and show the shocking extent of the suffering some women are facing following mesh implant surgery. Many of the issues detailed in the survey are life-changing and cannot be ignored.

“Until we have a clear understanding of the long term risks and benefits of mesh, its use should be suspended.”

The survey shows seven out of ten women lose their sex lives and six out of ten suffer depression.

One in seven loses their marriage/partners.

A third gives up work.

More than half suffer constant urinary infections and one in 20 is becoming antibiotic resistant.

Kath said: “A century ago Government heard the political voices of women, so in 2018 it is time they heard our voices to stop the biggest women’s health disaster since Thalidomide.

“Our survey shows the personal devastation when women suffer mesh implant complications. We have women in the group who are suicidal, who don’t want to carry on because the pain is so intense. Yet previously they led healthy lives.

“Surgeon societies know there are big problems as 18 specialist mesh centres have been set up across England. Also conferences are being held on how to deal with mesh litigation.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:27

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s were threatened at gunpoint in Witchford when four masked men broke in and stole £20,000 in cash and jewellery.

Yesterday, 16:11

A blind veteran from Soham has returned to the Falkland Islands on the largest RAF aircraft for the first time in 36 years since the war ended in 1982.

Yesterday, 17:13

A converted mill overlooking the Fens and adjacent to the River Lark has come on the market with a price tag of £310,000.

Yesterday, 16:00

Families and friends of veterans of 115 Squadron who were based at RAF Witchford airfield (now Lancaster Way Business Park) during World War II from 1943 to the end of hostilities, attended the Remembrance Service in St Andrew’s Church.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy