We are still waiting for the Department of Health Review which was due to be published at the end of March 2012. Among other things this should advise whether or not PIP implants are less safe than other implants and whether or not it is recommended that PIP implants are removed, even if the patient is not suffering from any symptoms.
The current Government advice is that implants may be removed free of charge on the NHS but not replaced. Generally, the implants will only be removed if there is evidence of rupture or leakage. However, the NHS will not replace implants and if replacement is required, this would have to be done privately, at a cost.
The stance taken by the Clinics is that they will only remove and replace PIP implants free of charge if it can be shown at this stage that the implants are faulty.
We are continuing to advise clients who are worried about PIP implants. However, we can do very little until we have received the Department of Health Review.
Although there is some speculation in the media at the moment and some discussion as to why the Government did not act sooner, this does not really take us any further forward as far as the claims are concerned.
If you have any concerns about your PIP implants, contact Lindsey or Joanne on (01229) 811811
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