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NHS breast implant policy 'bad medicine'


A group of MPs has criticised the stance taken by the NHS of replacing faulty breast implants made by the French firm PIP.

At the moment women can have them removed on the NHS but then have to go to a private hospital if they want them replaced.

But Stephen Dorrell MP, chair of the Health Select Committee, told the Today programme's Sarah Montague when there is a clinical need for the faulty implant to be removed, making the woman go through a second surgical operation is "bad medicine".

However he insisted that it would be at the woman's own expense.

Mr Dorrell said that it is simply bad medicine to expect a woman to go through two surgeries when only one is necessary.

He went on to say that they were concerned over the regulatory standards over these faulty breast implants which he said was "not a satisfactory state of affairs".

He went on to say that records should be kept when implants are inserted into a patient and should be available to patients and clinicians.

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