In February 2018, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, announced a review into how the health system responds to reports from patients about harmful side effects from medicines and medical devices.The announcement in the House of Commons follows patient – led campaigns on the use of the hormone pregnancy test Primodos, anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate and surgical mesh.

The review was chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL and the final report, First Do No Harm, was published on 8 July 2020. The report makes a number of recommendations which the Government will respond to in full later this year.The full report and information on the review can be found at:

Barnsley Hospital is closely monitoring the Government response to the report to see which recommendations are accepted for implementation.Any patients or relatives who are concerned about having their voice heard when in discussion with Healthcare professionals are encouraged to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Team for support.

For anyone affected by the contents of the review the following organisations can offer information and support:

Pelvic Mesh

Action for Mesh Injured Patients
Mashed up by Mesh
Mesh Awareness Wales
Mesh Ireland
Mesh UK Charitable Trust
Meshies United Group UK
Rectopexy Support Group
Scottish Mesh Survivors
Sling the Mesh
The Voices Today on Messed Up Mesh (TVT MUM)
Welsh Mesh Survivors Support Group

Hormone Pregnancy Tests

Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests (ACDHPT)

Sodium Valproate

Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (INFACT) and Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Association (FACSA)
Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (OACS)
Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (OACS) Ireland
Valproate Victims
Young People Affected by Valproate