11/01/2012

Medical Groups Refuse Free Implant Replacements

A medical company, which fitted almost 14,000 British women with PIP breast implants, has said they will not be replacing them free of charge.

The Harley Medical group is among many private medical firms to be affected by the now closed French company’s, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), faulty implants which were filled with non-medical grade silicone.

The Private firm fitted more of the implants than any other UK cosmetic firm but they have said to replace the branded implants free of charge would put them out of business.

Meanwhile Transform, another private company, have also said they will not replace the implants free of charge either.

Around 40,000 British women have received the implants which were filled with silicone which was intended for use in mattresses.

The Government has said anxious patients who had their surgery on the NHS will be able to have the implants removed and replaced free of charge.

The NHS will also pay to remove, but not replace, implants if a private clinic refuses or no longer exists.

The women fitted with these implants are outraged as they feel they have been sold faulty goods and they should be replaced regardless.

(LB)

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