Approval for General Indemnity Coverage and Product Liability Coverage

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THE CABINET has approved general indemnity coverage and product liability coverage for claims relating to transvaginal mesh products and Gardasil HPV vaccine.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly presented a proposal to Cabinet today for the provision of this cover for claims relating to mesh or Gardasil products.

Gardasil is a type of vaccine used to protect against HPV. Vaginal mesh devices have been used in operations to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse; two conditions that can affect women after natural childbirth or in their later years.

The inclusion of organizations in the general state compensation scheme for such claims will remove the requirement for them to take out private insurance.

The National Complaints Agency has been consulted and has indicated its support for the inclusion of both bodies in the scheme.

The Clinical Compensation Scheme compensates hospitals but is limited to clinical acts and/or omissions and does not cover product legality issues.

Current court cases involving transvaginal mesh products involve claims relating to the product itself and allegations of clinical negligence.

It has now been proposed to delegate product liability claims for mesh products to the National Claims Agency to ensure that hospitals are not exposed to uninsured liability.

The use of transvaginal mesh products in Ireland was discontinued in 2018.

Thousands of women around the world have suffered complications after having a vaginal mesh device implanted.

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These complications include chronic pain and recurrent urinary tract infections and have been life changing in many cases.

An earlier version of this article erroneously stated which organizations this general indemnity coverage and product liability coverage would apply to, due to an error by the Department of Health.

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