Sunday 12 February 2012

PIP Breast Implants – UK Remains Ignorant Whilst Europe Takes Action

Article by
Kevin Timms
The UK Government has finally started to take concerns of women with Poly Implant Prothese ("PIP") breast implants into account but the approach is still carried out in ignorance.

The Government is to hold a crisis meeting with the private cosmetic surgery clinics on 13 February 2012. This will undoubtedly put more pressure on the clinics to take further responsibility but this, regretfully, does not mean that the Government will be publicly accepting the inherent defects in the implants – only then will the private cosmetic surgery clinic feel an obligation to assist women with PIP breast implants.

The Government should take a lead from Europe. France, amongst many other EU countries have recommended that women with PIP breast implant have them removed and the UK Government still maintains that there is no evidence to suggest a higher rate of rupture in PIP breast implants. This is without reference to the fact that many women may experience a silent rupture or be unaware that their PIP breast implants are leaking.
The European Health Commissioner, John Dallii, has said that he remains “deeply concerned” about the potential health impact for women in Europe and elsewhere over the faulty breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Protheses.

He said “I am deeply concerned about the potential health impact for the many women, in Europe and in other parts of the world, Who received faulty silicone breast implants manufactured by the French company PIP. The Consequences for their health are still uncertain”.

Mr Dalli has written to the health ministers in all 27 member states laying out steps to tighten control in the cosmetic sector to “restore trust in our regulatory system … outlining a plan of immediate actions that we can together implement on the basis of existing legislation in the course of the next  12 months”.

If you have concerns about PIP breast implants and would like further information of would like to join the Garden House Solicitors Group Action please contact Kevin Timms or Julie Retallick on 01992 422 128 or email us at

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