- VICTIMS SAY: “STOP MAKING MONEY OUT OF OUR MISERY”
Scottish victims of the PiP breast implant scandal have come together to launch a Facebook campaign demanding that private clinics meet their responsibilities to remove their dangerous implants.
The Facebook page “PIP Implants Scotland” went live just a few days ago and offers a support forum for the Scottish victims of the scandal and will coordinate the group’s campaign activities.
The move comes as clinics Transform, the Harley Medical Group and the Hospital Group continue to charge as much as £3,100 for operations to have the dangerous implants replaced.
Spokesperson for the PiP Implant Scotland campaign group, Trisha Devine, 34, from Stirling is a mum of one who had the £4000 operation with Transform. Speaking of the campaign group she said:
“What the private clinics are doing is unfair and immoral. We trusted these companies to care for us and they’ve abandoned us.
“They’re trying to make money out of our misery and we won’t stand for it. We’re victims in all of this. If Transform, the Harley Medical Group and the Hospital Group think we’re going to take this lying down, they’ve got another thing coming.
“There could be anything between 2,500 to 4,000 women in Scotland who have been hit by this scandal. Through coming together we can get change not just for us but for women in the future.
“We need as many women as possible to join this page and join the campaign. We can’t let the clinics get away with this.”
Thompsons Solicitors are representing a number of the Scottish victims of the scandal and have set up a free legal advice line for the women to receive legal advice and take forward a claim for compensation. Partner at the firm, Patrick McGuire, said that as consumers the women affected had the right to demand replacement, or means to get a replacement elsewhere, as well as compensation for what they’ve been through. He said:
“All that these women are asking for is fair treatment from their clinics. They trusted these clinics and gave them their money and in their hour of need they’ve been abandoned.
“There is clear political support behind the victims of this scandal and the women abandoned by their clinics. The clinics really need to see sense.
“I believe there is a very strong legal argument that as consumers all women who have had PiP implants through private clinics have the right to replacement or the means to get one elsewhere and compensation for what they’ve been through.
“It is important that all victims of the PiP scandal seek legal advice to find out their rights. Anyone affected should call us to get free legal advice on 0800 089 1331.
“It is the provider’s responsibility to sell goods of a sufficient standard and consumers have rights to protect them if this contract is broken.”Scottish victims of the PiP breast implant scandal have come together to launch a Facebook campaign demanding that private clinics meet their responsibilities to remove their dangerous implants.