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- MCGUIRE:  VICTIMS HAVE LEGAL RIGHT TO DEMAND COMPENSATION

Scottish PiP victims and their lawyer have joined with BAAPs to condemn the practice of “up-selling” surgery to PiP victims and bullying them into waiving their legal rights. 

The comments come after the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed today that patients were reporting that some clinics were putting pressure on victims to pay for a breast uplift known as a mastopexy on top of any replacement of their potentially dangerous PiP implants.  The plastic surgery body also highlighted that women were being hit with gagging orders and made to sign agreements not to pursue their legal rights. 

A patient with the Hospital Group told BBC’s Newsnight programme earlier in the week that she had been asked to sign a document waiving her legal rights before treatment. 

Trisha Devine is the spokeswoman for the PiP Implants Scotland campaign group.  She said:

“This kind of behaviour is outrageous and needs to be dealt with.  Every woman with PiP implants is going through a nightmare and a lot of us feel that we’ve been abandoned by our clinics. 

“Our vulnerability shouldn’t be seen as an opportunity to make money and trample on our legal rights.

“This is exactly why we need to get to the bottom of this scandal with a thorough, independent and transparent public inquiry to stop this happening to women in the future.”  

Emma Hardie, from Glasgow, is a client with the Hospital Group, she said:

“I really can’t understand why they would put us through this, haven’t we been through enough?

“We’re worried about the implants that are inside of us.  We want help from our clinics and I feel like we’re having to fight for our aftercare.

“I have legal rights and I won’t be bullied.  This kind of behaviour is just not acceptable.”

Patrick McGuire, Partner at Thompsons Solicitors and legal representative of the Scottish victims of the PiP scandal, urged women not to sign any gagging orders. The firm has set up a free advice line for the victims:

“I strongly urge any woman asked to sign anything to do with the replacement and removal of their PiP implants to contact us for advice before doing so.

“What has been revealed by BAAPs is quite frankly unethical.  The victims of this scandal deserve better.

“As consumers they have clear legal rights to claim redress for the cost of removal and replacement of implants as well as the pain and suffering they have experienced.    

“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 0891331.”

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