Around 1000 women with private sector PIP implants seek NHS help

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e972
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Around 1000 women in the United Kingdom who had breast implantation procedures carried out privately using implants made by the discredited French manufacturer Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP) have come to the NHS seeking help.

However, it is still unclear just how much the NHS will be asked to help in the cases of the almost 40 000 women in the UK who have PIP implants, said Bruce Keogh, medical director for the NHS in England, who is heading an ongoing inquiry into the issue.

PIP closed last year after it emerged that it had used non-medical grade silicone in its breast implants. The NHS in England has advised women with the implants not to have them removed automatically but to seek clinical advice. With the approval of their doctor they can have them removed by the NHS but will have new implants inserted only in NHS cases (BMJ 2012;344:e478, 17 Jan, …

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