The decision on Tuesday 10th July to institute a pause in vaginal mesh procedures in NHS England followed a recommendation by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review established in February 2018 by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. On Wednesday July 11th, a similar pause was instigated by health authorities in Northern Ireland. It is not a blanket ban of the relevant procedures, and it is anticipated that there will need to be some exceptions within the pause, within a high vigilance programme of restricted practice. For some patients, mesh procedures may be the only viable treatment option for a debilitating condition.