8th January 2012 - PIP Implants: Statement from Mr Jan Stanek
Following the Health Secretary’s statement on PIP implants Jan Stanek FRCS has made the following statement:
I have always provided the best care for my patients and since the suspension of these PIP implants have recalled all patients for a free consultation and examination with referral for ultrasound scanning.
I stopped using these implants in 2005 when the manufacturer failed to acknowledge my concerns that there might be a problem. These implants continued to be used elsewhere until March 2010 with a licence issued by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), a Government Agency whose remit is to regulate such devices and to withdraw their availability if considered unsafe. Since August 2005 I have used implants made by Allergan who provide us with a warranty.
I used the PIP implants in good faith, under licence from the MRHA, and had no means of knowing that the manufacturing process had been criminally interfered with. The legal situation is not by any means clear and I am consulting our indemnity providers.
In the meantime I will continue to provide free consultation and examination for our patients, as well as free removal of these implants, patients bearing hospital costs only.
I feel that cost of scans and hospital care should be borne by the Government who have responsibility for licencing medical devices. These devices were used by the NHS, as well as in the Private Sector.
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Sunday 8th January - Sunday Times article on PIP implant failure rate
See the link below to today's article from the Sunday Times citing our study into the worryingly high failure rate for PIP implants.