Wednesday 17 January 2018

PIP implant victims 'a step closer to justice'

WOMEN who were fitted with faulty silicone breast implants have said they are a step closer to justice after meeting health chiefs yesterday.

More than 1,500 patients in Ireland were given defective implants created by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) over the past 10 years.

Members of the PIP Action Group said they had a positive meeting with chief medical officer Tony Holohan. He pledged to make clinics take financial responsibility for the removal of the implants.

Mother-of-three Jean Noctor (31), from Wicklow, said: "We feel like we've stepped forward a bit."

She described the past few months as a waiting game. "My main priority is that I am well for my children."

Of the 1,550 women in Ireland believed to have had PIP implants, 138 experienced a rupture. More than 200 will attend a ticket-only PIP information day tomorrow.

PIP implants were fitted in Clane Hospital, Co Kildare; Shandon Street Hospital, Co Cork; and the Harley Medical Group.

Irish Independent

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