Profits at Harley down by a third ahead of any bill for faulty implants
COSMETIC surgery firm The Harley Medical Group is feeling the economic strain, even without being hit with a potential bill for breast implant removals.
The Dublin-based private cosmetic surgery clinic has seen turnover plunge since the start of the economic crisis, with profits down by over a third in 2010, according to the latest filed accounts.
The Harley Medical Group has hit the headlines in recent times because it fitted 1,100 of the 1,500 Irish breast implants using French sub-medical standard silicone.
Documents just filed show that its business has seen turnover slide as the economic situation in the country deteriorated.
Turnover dropped to €2.3m in 2010 from just under €3m in 2009 and €4.3m in 2008.
Pre-tax profits dropped to €232,600 from €1.15m over the same period.
Last week, women affected by the faulty breast implants met health chiefs in an effort to resolve the issues.
The women said the State's chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, has pledged to make clinics, including the Harley Medical Group, financially responsible for removing the implants.
The implants were also fitted in Clane Hospital, Co Kildare and Shandon Street Hospital, Co Cork.
The Harley Medical Group, along with the two other clinics involved, is in talks with officials of the Department of Health on the issue of covering the cost of implant removal surgery for those women affected.