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York based Nuffield Health to meet costs of PIP implants


10:59am 5th January 2012
(Updated 11:09am 5th January 2012)

York based Nuffield Health has announced it'll cover the clinical investigation and surgery costs of all its patients who've had PIP breast implants.

The private healthcare provider says "around 150" people had been given the implants at one of their hospitals and says it wants to "reassure" them.

The French implants contain silicone gel which is not suitable for use in the human body.

Around 40 thousand women in Britain are thought to have had them.

Statement from Nuffield Health

Dr Andrew Jones, Group Medical Director, Nuffield Health says:

“Due to ongoing concerns about PIP breast implants, we would like to reassure our patients who might be concerned, that under no circumstances will Nuffield Health prioritise commercial gain over the clinical needs of individual patients.

"Investigations have yet to determine whether PIP implants pose a specific risk to patients. However, should any procedure carried out at one of our hospitals cause concern, we have always, and will continue to take responsibility to put things right. This case is no different.

"Although Nuffield Health have only used a small number of PIP implants, when concerns were first raised in March 2010, we stopped using them, wrote to the patients affected and invited them in for a consultation. For those patients who had a clinical need, we removed their implants at our expense.

"We will be writing to our patients again this week to ask them to contact the hospital in which they had their treatment if they have concerns or are suffering from any complications from their previous surgery.

"Should any patients require clinical investigation or further surgical treatment, including the removal of the PIP implants due to clinical need, we will meet the costs incurred.”

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