High Court dismisses appeal in ‘largest women’s health class action in Australia’s history’ – Lawyers Weekly

Rebecca JancauskasThe High Court of Australia has preserved the judgment of the Federal Court, which two years ago ruled in favour of thousands of women whose “lives were destroyed” by faulty pelvic mesh implants.

Speaking following today’s dismissal, Ms Jancauskas said: “Unfortunately for these women, there is no such thing as complete closure until these group members receive their individual compensation, which may take years as Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson intend to challenge and review each group member’s claim for compensation.”

“There are over 11,000 Australian women who are now entitled to bring individual claims for compensation and they may be fighting Johnson & Johnson for their compensation for many years to come.”

Former federal senator Derryn Hinch, who championed a 2018 Senate Inquiry into the number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters, said that these proceedings have been “such an arduous and physically crippling journey for so many women for so long”.

“The latest court decision is welcomed and so justified,” he proclaimed.

“The transvaginal mesh public hearings were the most significant achievement when I was in the Senate. It was, and tragically still is, the biggest medical scandal in Australia since Thalidomide.”

Source: High Court dismisses appeal in ‘largest women’s health class action in Australia’s history’ – Lawyers Weekly

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  1. Re inappropriate operations on women? Recently, I gave evidence to a State Government enquiry into Hospitals and Health in the regions! A doctor in giving evidence, once again, raised the matter of a doctor who had practiced at Taree and performed operations at Taree (Manning Referral Hospital) and had removed ‘skin’ (I believe clitoris)from female patients. The Doctor asked the reason that there had been NO resolution of this matter? (he claimed that when he told his associates that he was raising this matter he claimed they replied, “What not again? That’s old stuff”, ‘get over it!’ However, he is amazed at the lack of concern and lack of resolution?
    Note: I have no proof but I believe that the doctor in question moved on to Bega Hospital performing similar operations. Newspapers referred to him as ‘ the Bega Beast’! I, also, have not been made aware of any resolution of these matters?

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