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BAAPS: Women should have the right to opt for PiP implants removal

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

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'Inadequate' response to PIP scandal

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."

– Commons Health Committee report

Report: Surgeons facing 'increased difficulty' in removing implants

New evidence suggests surgeons are difficulties in removing ruptured implants Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

New evidence in the Commons Health Committee report on PIP said surgeons have experienced "increased difficulty" in removing ruptured implants, which may mean there is a need to recommend they are taken out early.

Evidence from one of the clinics suggests women are suffering "redness and lumpy, granular tissue", and silicone in the lymph nodes in "one in four to one in five cases".

Even when implants have not ruptured, surgeons taking them out have found a "milky secretion" in 20% to 25% of cases, the report said.

MPs: Government's response to implants scandal 'inadequate'

Action by the Government and a health regulator to communicate with women over the PIP breast implants scandal was "inadequate", MPs said.

Silicone gel breast implants, manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Commons Health Committee pointed to a more than 20-month delay between a safety alert being issued to surgeons over the potentially faulty implants and "urgent action" to gather evidence and communicate with affected women.

Around 47,000 British women are now believed to have been given the implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).