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The Sunday Telegraph has reported that the British Orthopaedic Assocation (BOA) has written to surgeons, expressing fears that not all patients who received the DePuy devices have been recalled for checks.

The corrpondence which was sent this month, says that records held by DePuy show that just over 1/3 of patients who received the devices are recorded as having been recalled.

Professor Joe Dias, president of the BOA, said his understanding was that just 41 per cent of patients who received the DePuy Hip implants were registered on this system.

His position was that it was possible that others had been recalled by hospitals, and undergone checks, without their details being centrally logged but that he was concerned that some had never been contacted.

Professor Dias stated that while private hospitals and large NHS units seemed to have been thorough in contacting patients, it was less clear whether small NHS units had done the same.

He stated, “My worry would be about cases where surgeons have retired, and no-one is following up on the patients they treated.”

The implants’ manufacturers cannot contact patients directly, because they do not have access to their records.  If you had had a hip replacement, and are unsure which type of implant was used, it is very important that you contact your surgeon or your GP who will be able to clarify matters for you.  If in doubt contact Thompsons no win no fee solicitors who will advise you of your rights. 

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