Despite rigorous testing showing no long-term danger to human health from the individual chemicals in the gel, the fact remains that PIPs are significantly more likely to rupture and leak and, therefore, cause physical reactions in an unacceptable proportion of the patients.
We agree with the report findings that anxiety itself is a form of health risk and thus it is entirely reasonable for women to have the right to opt for removal - regardless of whether there has been rupture.
– The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
MPs agreed that women who had their PIP surgery privately should be able to have the implants removed on the NHS if there is clinical need. But they said the Department of Health should consider allowing these women to pay for new implants.
I spoke to Rebecca Thorne who had PIP implant surgery. She says women should not be made to pay twice.
A Commons Health Committee report said the communication from the government and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency was "inadequate".
The action taken to communicate with affected women after March 2010 was inadequate.
The Committee recognises that private clinics had a duty to contact their patients directly, but the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Department of Health also had a duty to raise public awareness."