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NHS should replace PIP implants even when privately fitted

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2379 (Published 28 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2379
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The NHS should replace implants made by the discredited French manufacturer Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP) at the same time as removing them, even when the procedure was carried out by a private provider, MPs have recommended.

PIP closed last year after it emerged that the company had used non-medical grade silicone in its breast implants and women with the implants were advised to seek medical advice on their removal.

Where a private provider no longer exists or refuses to provide treatment, the NHS has agreed to remove the implants but not replace them (BMJ 2012;344:e478, 17 Jan, doi:10.1136/bmj.e478).

But a report by the Health Select Committee has urged the government to agree a protocol under which a replacement implant can be …

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