Manage episode 288638608 series 2902553
In light of the publication of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (the Cumberlege report) in early July, which assessed the use of vaginal mesh, sodium valproate and Primodos and their associated under-acknowledged complications, this week we discuss trust between patients and doctors, and how that relationship of trust can break down when patients feel that their concerns and their pain are not being recognised and supported. We talk about the influence of racial inequalities on trust and healthcare outcomes, GPs being an advocate for their patients, and we ask what structural changes to the healthcare system need to happen to allow us to spend more time with our patients and build up that trusting relationship with them? Our guests: Karen Praeter works on the admin team of Sling the Mesh, a campaign which raises awareness of the risks of having a vaginal mesh implant, having joined two years after her own mesh implant operation in 2015 which led to painful complications. Rhea Boyd is a paediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, and she is also a public health advocate and scholar.