Reilly refused to back French plan for device regulations
HEALTH Minister James Reilly refused to back a French bid to tighten regulations on the manufacture of breast implants and other medical devices, newly released documents reveal.
His French counterpart Xavier Bertrand sought his signature for a letter to EU Health Commissioner John Dalli calling for strict new regulations in light of the PIP breast implant scandal.
However, Dr Reilly (inset) declined after an approach by the powerful medical devices industry, which accounts for €7.2bn a year in exports.
He was lobbied by the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), whose director, Eoghan O Faolain called the French request "extremely worrisome".
Last night a spokeswoman for Dr Reilly denied that the IMDA opposition had influenced his decision not to add his name to the February letter, which was signed by six other countries.
The letter called for "strict supervision of medical devices" that "offer the necessary guarantees of safety for patients".
It urged "greater surveillance'' and the introduction of national inspection programmes.