Tributes paid to 'much loved' Scots professor who uncovered mesh implant scandal

Tributes have been paid to a Scottish professor who uncovered the mesh implant medical scandal.

Alison Britton, professor of healthcare and medical law at Glasgow Caledonian, passed away last week aged 63.

The legal expert was commissioned by the Scottish Government to conduct a review, in which she spent years reviewing the cases of eighteen women who underwent mesh implants.

All parties at Holyrood unanimously called for the full acceptance and implementation of all 21 recommendations made by her in the report.

Her discoveries proved women were given mesh implants and suffered life-changing injuries despite not requiring treatment. The discovery led to helping countless women across the world.

She is survived by her husband and two children.

Professor Stephen Decent, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, said: "Everyone at Glasgow Caledonian is deeply shocked and saddened by Alison's passing.

"A much loved and distinguished colleague, Alison was a wonderful ambassador for the University, whose work had a profound, lasting impact on patient care and medical standards. We offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and students."

Professor Britton was commissioned by the Scottish Government to review how they responded to the scandal. Her report on the government’s independent review was highly critical, Glasgow Live.

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw added: "On Thursday I was stunned by the untimely death of #mesh champion Prof Alison Britton.

"Thousands of women owe their future to her 2 landmark reports & their multiple recommendations. Her death is a tragedy. Her legacy must see their full implementation by both governments."

A colleague said: "I'm so sorry to be sharing this - but this week my much-loved friend and colleague @GCULaw Professor Alison Britton passed away. Words fail me. We're all just so profoundly sad."

In October 2023, women’s health minister Jenni Minto MSP praised the professor for her “meticulous work” reviewing the case records over the period of two years.

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