I write in response to your Official Information Act requests, received in September, and acknowledged on 27 September 2018. You noted that the Ministry of Health had written to all DHBs advising of new requirements to be in place before any surgical mesh surgeries take place.
These requirements are:
• Assessing surgeons undertaking urogynaecological surgical mesh work against credentialing guidance developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
• Ensuring rigorous informed consent processes that include understandings of the associated risk.
You requested the following information:
•How many surgeons at your DHB currently meet the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care credentialing guidelines?
• If your DHB will continue to undertake urogynaecological surgeries involving surgical mesh?
• How many urogynaecological mesh procedures were undertaken at your DHB in the past year or the most recent full year data is available?
- Can you break this information down by procedure type?
• How many surgeons are currently implanting trans-vaginal mesh for stress urinary incontinence procedures in your DHB?
• What is each of those surgeons' credentials?
• How many of those surgeons meet all of the requirements developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care?
Our response is attached