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Report: Sub-standard hip and knee replacements being licensed for use on NHS

The Telegraph reports that the regulation system for medical implants is susceptible to corrupt practices Credit: ITV News

A joint investigation by the newspaper and the British Medical Journal found that regulators in Slovakia and the Czech Republic were willing to approve devices with similar properties to products that have left patients in "severe pain".

The newspaper reports that the regulation system for medical implants is pan-European and is susceptible to corrupt practices because of competition between rival regulators.

It also claims to have secretly recorded regulators describing licensed products as "horrible" and admitting they are "on the side of the manufacturer" rather than the patient.