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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): IMMDS Review follow up one-off session

Health and Social Care Committee
IMMDS Review follow up one-off session

Tuesday 13 December 2022

Start times: 9.30am (private) 10.00am (public)


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Health Minister Maria Caulfield and senior health officials will appear before MPs following concerns that pregnant women are still being prescribed sodium valproate despite its known risks as a cause of birth defects or developmental delays. This session will also follow up on the Government’s progress against recommendations made in the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety report, including surgical mesh.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry IMMDS Review follow up one-off session
Founder at Independent Foetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (In-FACT)
Founder at Independent Foetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (In-FACT)
Campaigner at Sling the Mesh Campaign
At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry IMMDS Review follow up one-off session
Deputy Chair at Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
Review Member and Communications Lead at Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
Chair at Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry IMMDS Review follow up one-off session
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Mental Health and Women's Strategy) at Department of Health and Social Care
National Director of Patient Safety in England at Department of Health and Social Care
Director of NHS Quality, Safety and Investigations at Department of Health and Social Care
Medical Director for Professional Leadership and Medical Workforce at Department of Health and Social Care
Chief Executive at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

Campaigners for families affected by the drug will give evidence along with campaigners on behalf of the “Sling the Mesh” campaign. MPs are examining whether a pause in the use of vaginal mesh implant surgery to treat stress-urinary incontinence should be made permanent.

The session will focus on government progress on accepted recommendations in the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review, ‘First Do No Harm’.

The government rejected its call to establish an independent redress agency to compensate women and children harmed by medical intervention. Committee Chair Steve Brine MP has called on the Secretary of State Steve Barclay to explain a decision not to fund additional care and support for those eligible as a result of experiencing avoidable harm.

Location

Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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