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Media accused of 'hyping up' PIP implant scare

29th February 2012

The person in charge of the Scottish Independent Hospitals Association (SIHA) has said the media has "hyped up" recent concerns about PIP breast implants.


Alison Smith, the head of the Association, stated that there was no conclusive proof that the breast implants were a danger to health.

In the last few months information has come to light which revealed the implants were constructed out of industrial, rather than medical, silicone.

Ms Smith, who also holds the position of executive director of BMI Carrick Glen private hospital, informed the Scottish Parliament's health committee: "We were most disappointed to find that this manufacturer had changed the filler of the implant..."

"At this present time, there is no evidence to suggest that it is creating a health risk either in the medium or long term for these women, and that is a government body (MHRA) that I am quoting." 

While the NHS in Scotland did not use PIP implants, it has been estimated that between 1,300 and 4,000 women were given the implants in operations carried out at private hospitals.

In response to a question by SNP MSP Richard Lyle as to whether Ms Smith would be worried if she had been given the implants herself, she responded: "I most probably think, as a woman with a foreign body in me that had any question with regards to the scare that has really...been hyped up by the media because we do have to go back to evidence, the scientific and clinical evidence that is on the table."

"At this time there is no evidence that it is causing a threat to the women's health." 

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Karin Burke

Wednesday 29th February 2012 @ 14:53

Sorry did I read that correctly?

"At this present time, there is no evidence to suggest that it is creating a health risk either in the medium or long term for these women, and that is a government body (MHRA) that I am quoting"

Oh well it must be ok then! The MHRA, the governing body that put a CE Mark on breast implants that were not properly checked and were made using industrial silicone, says that they are fine? Well jeez what am I worrying about then? I guess it is absolutely fine that I have two ruptured implants, which have basically exploded inside my body causing mattress filler to leak into lymph nodes.

I shouldn't have to spend the rest of my days worrying about whether this may cause cancer or other long term health effect. And I might as well ignore the debilitating fatigue, memory loss, severe pain, arthiritis, headaches, nausea and dizziness I have been experiencing for the last year. I won't be concerned about the fact that I need to have another operation to remove them, scrape my insides out, remove lymph nodes...

Because the MHRA and this director of a medical hospital say it will all be hunky dory! I will sleep much better tonight. Thank you for your professional opinion. I am just off to boil my head now!

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Article Information

Title: Media accused of 'hyping up' PIP implant scare
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 21238
Date Added: 29th Feb 2012


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