28/03/2012

MPs Condemn Stance On PIP Implants

MPs have said the stance taken in England on replacing PIP breast implants "flies in the face of common sense".

The PIP implants are at the centre of a health scare and currently patients who had implants privately can have them removed on the NHS, but not replaced.

The Commons Health Committee said that meant patients being operated on twice and urged the NHS to remove and replace, with a charge for the latter, which would probably see patients paying about £1,500 for replacement on the NHS unless their private clinic agreed to cover the cost.

The French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) made the implants, which are undergoing a safety review after conflicting data about the risk of the implants rupturing and leaking non-medical grade silicone into the body.

Health Committee chairman Stephen Dorrell said the stance at the moment was "clinically inadequate".

He added: "It flies in the face of common sense to put women through two procedures when one will do."

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