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Patrick McGuire, PartnerThompsons Solicitors is giving its full backing to calls by MPs for a criminal inquiry into toxic hip implants. Claims have been made that hip replacement manufacturer DePuy, which is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, continued to market metal on metal hip implants despite warnings of their negative impact on patient health.

Thompsons set up a dedicated hip compensation claims team back in 2011 when it became inundated with calls from people who had been fitted with the potentially toxic implants. It is now acting for hundreds of Scots who have been a victim of the health scandal.

Thompsons Partner Patrick McGuire said: “Thompsons fully supports calls for this rogue manufacturer to be the subject of a full and transparent investigation. It is quite staggering that despite warnings of the serious and damaging problems their products were causing, DePuy continued to market their implants in the UK.”

DePuy implants were first introduced in Britain in 2003 and the NHS estimates that since then there has been over 54,000 hip replacement operations in Scotland. The DePuy implants, which have since been recalled, have been linked to cancer scares as well as blood poisoning caused by metal traces getting into the blood. They are also known to cause severe pain and inflammation.

Patrick McGuire added: “There is a worrying trend emerging in the manufacture of medical devices, also highlighted by the PIP breast implant scandal, which urgently needs to be addressed. People undergoing such operations need reassurances that they are not going to become a victim of yet another scandal and hopefully this inquiry will go some way towards that.”

Anyone who is affected by the DePuy implant scandal is urged to call Thompsons hip compensation claims team for free, legal advice on 08000 891616.


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