Call for clear Government guidance for UK women caught up in French breast implants scare

Medical negligence lawyer Ashley Attwood has called on the Government to give support and guidance to thousands of women in the UK caught up in the scandal over faulty French breast implants. 

Up to 40,000 British women are thought to have breast implants supplied by French firm PIP (Poly Implant Protheses) which has admitted using low grade industrial silicon gel in their products. 

The UK Government says there is no evidence to support the routine removal of the implants at the centre of the scare. 

But France has banned the PIP implants – which contain silicon gel used for fuel additives and in mattresses – and said that the French State would pay for them to be removed. 

Mr Attwood, principal solicitor at Stoke-on-Trent based Attwood Solicitors, said:  “It is time that the Government ended the confusion surrounding the use of PIP implants and give the 40,000 women affected clear guidelines as to what their rights are. 

“They should put procedures in place to support the women and give them the right to request that the clinic where they had surgery removes the implants.” 

This may mean that the Government has to fund the work in cases where the clinic which fitted the implants no longer exists. 

Attwood Solicitors are known throughout the UK for their work in areas including industrial and medical negligence. 

Concerns about the PIP implants centre on the affect on women’s bodies if a rupture occurred. 

The silicon gel used by the company was not approved for use on people.  

Following a review, the UK Government today (Friday) confirmed its stance that there was no evidence for routine removal of the implants.

Mr Attwood said: “We are monitoring the situation closely and are currently investigating whether people have a right to sue for compensation.”

For advice on the PIP implants issue please contact Attwood Solicitors on 0800 145 5105 (email enquiries@attwoodsolicitors.co.uk).

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