England’s health secretary orders three new inquiries into safety of cosmetic surgery and devices

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e388
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The UK private surgery firm that carried out the greatest number of implants made by the now discredited and bankrupt French company Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP) has refused to pay for the removal and replacement of the implants, claiming that the fault lies with the government.

The Department of Health for England meanwhile has launched a new inquiry into how to ensure the safety of people seeking cosmetic interventions and insists that it will pursue private companies for payment of operations if those companies refuse to help affected women.

The row over PIP implants has continued this week with an increasingly belligerent exchange of words between the government and the private cosmetic industry—the BMJ understands that 16 major clinics or companies are involved.

Last December the French government announced that it would pay for all 30 000 women in France with PIP implants to have them removed after concerns that they were made with non-medical grade silicone …

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