NHS bill for PIP breast implant scandal almost £2 million- and growing
The NHS is facing a bill of almost £2 million for the PIP breast implant scandal as thousands of women are being turned away by their private clinics.Around 47,000 British women are believed to have been given faulty implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
They were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses and have been linked to ruptures and swelling in the body.
The latest data from the Department of Health (DoH) shows 607 women who had operations with private doctors have been forced to turn to the NHS to have them removed after their clinic refused to help.
Of those 384 of these having already had the surgery.
More than 7,000 have approached the NHS in total and more than 5,000 have had appointments with doctors and scans to establish if the implants have ruptured.
The cost to the NHS of the appointments and scans that have already taken place is more than £850,000 and this will rise by a further £901,000 once the 607 women have all had their surgery.
The cost could rise further as the women already in the pipeline work their way through and if more women come forward.
There has been a furore over who should pay for the removal or replacement of implants.
In January, the Government announced that anxious women given PIP breast implants on the NHS would be able to have them removed for free, with private firms expected to offer the same deal.
But it emerged that some private clinics no longer existed and others refused to remove the implants.
The Department announced that any woman refused help by a private company would be able to visit their GP and access NHS care, but the NHS will only remove the implants, not replace them.
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