The Ministry of Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased by the positive response to the announcement of surgical mesh restorative justice forums.
“Since we opened the registration process earlier this month more than 300 people have registered to attend one of the sessions around the country,” says Dr Simpson.
“It shows people harmed by mesh, their friends, whānau and families are keen to be heard and understood.”
“To accommodate the demand, we are in the process of adding more forums during September and October.”
“We are also pleased to announce that, with support from ACC, we are now able to offer some reimbursement of travel costs for people wanting to attend the sessions,” says Dr Simpson.
The registration process for the second round of forums is now open and will remain open until available spaces have been filled. Anyone affected by surgical mesh, either directly, as a family member, whânau or friend, is encouraged to register to participate and share their story in writing or by audio or video on the website until 31 October 2019.
This process is being facilitated by a team from the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University of Wellington.
"This is a chance for men and women harmed by surgical mesh to tell their story. This part of the process is incredibly important - we know how much pain and suffering the complications have caused a significant group of people. These sessions are so important."
The first forum started in Wellington 23 July 2019, with other sessions in Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin.