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Sabrina Elliott: 'Doctors won't remove my PIP implants'


People want to see tighter restrictions around the cosmetic surgery industry to protect patients from some of the more aggressive sales techniques, according to an interim report published today by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh's review into cosmetic interventions.

One hundred and eighty people have responded to the Department of Health's review, which was set up in the aftermath of the PIP's breast implant scandal.

Sabrina Elliott is one of the women who bought PIP breast implants. "I've paid nearly £4,000 to have harmful chemicals put into my body," she told the Today programme. "Until I'm crippled in pain and immobilised [doctors] won't remove them."

Sally Tayber is from the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service. She agrees in principle with most of the suggestions put forward in the new report, but says that other bodies like the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) need to be stricter with the regulations they currently have. "Aggressive sales techniques are totally inappropriate," says Ms Tayber.

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