Gynaecology and the Law

Calls for suspension of transvaginal mesh while audit is undertaken

Calls are being made for the use of transvaginal mesh to be suspended while a full audit of the complications that have been reported is conducted. Health consumer groups have asked for controversial procedures that use the medical intervention to be put on hold after a law firm announced a second...

Employers criticised over attitudes to pregnant staff

Employers have been accused of "living in the dark ages" after a survey by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission found 59 per cent of them believe women should disclose at interview if they are pregnant. The survey of 1,000 private sector employees also found that 46 per cent...

UK government to investigate how many women suffered vaginal mesh complications

The UK government has agreed to carry out a review into how many women in England suffered complications resulting from a vaginal mesh implant. It comes as many women have reported pain from the implant - which is intended to hold pelvic organs up in order to treat incontinence and prolapse -...

New Zealand bans vaginal mesh

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban vaginal mesh implants, after safety concerns were raised about the surgery. The Ministry of Health announced that it had written to suppliers of the mesh device asking them to stop marketing the product from January 2018 or to prove...

NHS professionals instructed to ask patients about sexuality

The NHS is to recommend health professionals ask patients aged 16 and over what their sexual orientation is, under new guidelines. NHS England has said the measure is designed to ensure that "no patent is discriminated against", although nobody will be forced to answer the question. A...

RCOG lends support to decriminalisation of abortion

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has voted in favour of supporting the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK. Announcing its decision, the RCOG said its members believe the procedure should be subject to regulatory and professional standards...

Scotland urged to make sanitary products free

A member of the Scottish Parliament is urging ministers to make sanitary products free for women who need them. Monica Lennon, Labour spokesperson for inequalities, has said that access to these items should be “a basic right”. She has called for universities, schools and colleges to...

Italy could be offering 'period leave'

Italy could be the first Western country to provide 'period leave' for women who suffer from painful periods. A draft law is currently being discussed by Italy's parliament that would mean employers have to grant three days of monthly leave to those women who present a doctor's note...

UK government to protect against pregnancy discrimination

Margot James, under secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has promised the UK government will launch a consultation on how to prevent women losing their jobs after having children. It follows a call from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee...

Contraception restrictions ‘affect 3.9 million women in England’

A new report has found that 3.9 million women in England live in areas with some form of restriction on access to contraception, either due to age or place of residency. The UK’s Advisory Group on Contraception’s (AGC) report, ‘Private Lives, Public Health: The changing shape of...