Scottish PIP Implant victims denounce report findings and say their fight for justice shall continue
Scottish PIP implant victims are disappointed but not surprised by the findings of the Government’s final expert report on the PIP implants scandal, published this morning.
The official report concludes that although PIP implants have a higher risk of rupture than other products, they are not deemed to be toxic or carcinogenic.
Spokeswoman for the PiP Implants Scotland campaign group, Trisha Devine, said:
“The conclusions in today’s report were disappointingly predicable.
“We thought the rupture rate would be higher than officials expected, and we were hoping for a fresh insight into the scandal. Instead we get a rehashed version of the previous Government report which does little to calm the fears of the victims.
“The report states that the implants are defective and says they’re likely to rupture - spilling industrial silicone into our bodies. How are those of us with PIP implants supposed to feel about that? Does the Government expect us to be relieved?
“What about aftercare? There’s still no direct pressure on clinics to help their patients and the best the Government can do is say that clinics “should support” women with PIP implant concerns.
“The current situation is an utter disgrace. Some clinics are offering to scan, remove and replace for free and others are charging for everything. There’s no consistency in how Scottish women are being treated by their clinics. We don't know where we stand.
“We need to have a clear commitment from the Government that they’ll remove and replace these implants.”
Lawyer for the victims and partner at Thompsons Solicitors, Patrick McGuire, commented:
“The Government appears to be satisfied with a substandard medical product that’s been shown to rupture and leak mattress silicone into women’s bodies. That they are not issuing an immediate removal and replacement policy to all healthcare providers following today’s report is alarming to say the least.
“If we can take anything from today’s report it’s that we need a more in-depth examination of the medical effects of PIP implant rupture.
"The more that we learn about this scandal the clearer it becomes that the most profound area of concern here is an administrative and regulatory one, where the buck stops firmly with the NHS and the Scottish Government. You wonder if that is the reason that the victim's call for a Public Inquiry have thus far fallen on death ears?
"The clinics were not properly regulated and they still are not. The Scottish NHS did nothing to ensure the safety of medical products and it still does not. And, the medical response of the NHS was patchy, slow and insufficient and it remains so.
“This is a very serious public health issue and the worrying rupture rates confirmed in the expert report really make the case for a dramatic change in the way private health clinics operate.
“It’s also abundantly clear that a Scottish ‘safety net’ should be established, dedicated to investigating thoroughly medical products and their suitability for use, so this scandal can never happen again.
“It’s important for the victims of this scandal to realise that while their health clinics and their Government may have left them out in the cold, the law is there to protect them.
“I’d urge all victims of the PiP scandal to seek legal advice to find out their rights. Anyone affected should call us free on 0800 081 29 24”