The First Minister has said she is "deeply sorry" for the suffering of survivors of mesh implant surgery ahead of a parliamentary statement on the use of the controversial procedure.

Nicola Sturgeon was urged to apologise to those who have suffered painful and debilitating complications following surgery by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.

Labour has called for a ban in Scotland's NHS on the use of mesh products, which are used to treat conditions such as incontinence.

Health Secretary Shona Robison is due to update MSPs on the government's response to an independent review which published its final report on Monday.

It concluded mesh implant procedures must not be offered routinely to women with pelvic organ prolapse and recommended patients should be offered a range of treatments and must be given the information to make ''informed choices''.

Earlier this month, concerns were raised over the independence of the review panel after Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes, two women who suffered complications following mesh implant surgery, resigned from the group claiming its final report had been "diluted".

At First Minister's Questions at Holyrood, Ms Dugdale said: "One woman I spoke with can't sit down without being in excruciating pain, others have been paralysed.

"These women feared that the review into the use of mesh products would be a whitewash and that's exactly what it is.

"There has been a cover-up and this is a national scandal. Whatever the minister says this afternoon, the report has been compromised."

She read out an email from the daughter of a mesh survivor detailing the impact of mesh implants on the lives of countless women in Scotland.

Ms Dugdale called on Ms Sturgeon to "ban this devastating and dangerous practice once and for all".

The First Minister said: "Of course, I am deeply sorry for the suffering of these women ... who have suffered complications because of treatment with mesh."

Ms Sturgeon said the independent review contained "eight important conclusions that health boards across the country will now be expected to take forward".

Ms Robison had recently met with Ms McIlroy and Ms Holmes to hear their views in person, she added.

"She met the women to make clear that the Scottish Mesh Survivors group's views have been heard and, more than that, that as we take this work forward we want to make sure that their views remain at the centre of it."