The country’s most senior doctor has revealed her struggle with incontinence since the birth of her first child, as she said her “heart goes out” to women left in pain by subsequent surgery.
Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, made the remarks during a discussion about medical errors.
Last week Jeremy Hunt ordered a concerns about medical treatments, including vaginal implants used to attempt to repair damage caused by childbirth.
Dame Sally said she had been inundated with “tragic” letters and emails from women left worse off by such surgery.
Hundreds are suing the NHS saying they have been left in agony by the implants.
During a discussion with Mr Hunt, she said: “We women, after we’ve had babies can be damaged so that we get incontinence and actually – I’ve never gone public about this – after my first child I could walk three yards before I peed in my pants.
“For six weeks I could not the leave the house. I’m still not as I would wish to be,” she said. “So i have every sympathy with these women.”
Some campaigners are calling for the mesh treatment to be banned.
The chief medical officer said the treatment was appropriate for some women, but said too often patients had not been properly counselled about the risk of side effects.
“It’s quite clear for a selected group of women that the best treatment if you have got a good doctor is a type of mesh that lifts the bladder up and supports the uterus and makes it all right,” she said.
“But even if you have got a good surgeon and the right patient there are quite a lot of side effects
15 to 20 per cent get side effects,” she said.
“I have a post bag over the weekend that is tragic – from women who have had the operation and are worse off. My heart goes out to them,” she said.
But she said the NHS needed to be very careful in examination of the evidence, because it was clear from many of the letters that risks of side-effects had not been discussed.
Last week a report commissioned by the Department of Health warned that NHS drug blunders may be causing up to 22,000 deaths a year.
The research led by the University of York, which analysed 36 major studies, suggests that more than seven in ten potentially harmful errors are being made by GPs and pharmacists, with patients ending up in hospital because they were prescribed the wrong drug.
The study estimates that avoidable drug errors are causing more than 700 deaths a year, and could be contributing to between 1,700 and 22,000 deaths.
In total, almost one in six hospital patients fell victim to a drug blunder, the research suggests.
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