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Task group set up to review use of medical mesh in Wales

There are calls for medical mesh to be banned. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A task group has been set up by the Welsh Government to review the use of medical mesh.

Today calls for a ban on medical mesh have been rejected by the UK Government.

It followed a debate in Westminster this morning where Labour MP Owen Smith spoke out against the procedure.

The debate also led to Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston saying women affected by medical mesh implants deserved an apology.

She said many women who have had delayed symptoms or were "unaware they had these devices inserted in the first place", with some saying they did not consent and were not informed of the risks.

The Tory MP was joined by colleagues from across the political divide in raising concerns about the implants, which have been offered to women to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth.

Medical mesh is currently being debated by MPs in London. Credit: Parliament TV

ITV Wales has previously spoken to a number of women who said they had experienced constant pain and discomfort since having medical mesh implanted.

The first meeting will be held this afternoon and two further meetings are planned.

The Cabinet Secretary has today met with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer to discuss his concerns and the situation with regard to the use of vaginal mesh and tape is being kept under review.

– Welsh Government spokesperson