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Welsh NHS to replace all PIP implants

11th January 2012

The Welsh government has announced that it is to pay to replace banned breast implants for patients who were treated privately after all if there is a clinical need.

It had earlier said NHS patients could have implants replaced, but private patients with implants from French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) would only have them removed. Welsh Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said that not replacing implants could pose unnecessary risk. The UK government position is that the implants, which 40,000 UK women have, did not require routine removal.

 

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