Government to pay for removal of PIP implants
The Government will pay for women who had the controversial PIP breast implants on the NHS to have them removed and said it expects private clinics to offer women the same service. However, the Government review ordered by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, has just announced its decision that there is no clear evidence that patients with PIP implants are at greater risk of harm than those with other implants. The Government has therefore chosen not to recommend routine removal of PIP implants from the 40,000 women in the UK who have had them fitted. However, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, has issued a statement urging women to have PIP implants removed as a precaution. BAAPS, which participated in the expert group advising the Government on the review, said it welcomed the report but added: 'Although the findings reiterate there is no link between the faulty devices and risk of cancer, it is the continued stance from the BAAPS' that the implants are sub-standard and removal is an acceptable precautionary measure.' BAAPS president Fazel Fatah added: 'The silicones and additives used may not be 'bio-compatible', so may cause inflammation, scarring and fibrosis if leaked into the body.' PIP, or Poly Implants Protheses, implants hit the headlines at the start of the week when it emerged that several women had experienced problems with the French brand of enhancements, which illegally used industrial grade rather than medical grade silicone.