HSE to fund removal of faulty breast implants but will not pay for replacements -
Wed, Apr 30, 2014
The Health Service Executive has told more than 1,500 women with breast implants that it will fund their removal on medical grounds, but will not pay for replacement implants.
In the past week, the HSE has written to women fitted with defective implants manufactured by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) advising them of referral options.The letter says the HSE has written to all GPs in relation to the most appropriate “referral pathway” for those concerned about defective implants.
The findings from two international reports show that there are no medical, toxicological or other data to justify removal of an intact PIP implant, according to the HSE’s advice to GPs, which has also been sent to the affected women.
Doctors have been advised to refer patients with PIP implants to one of eight designated breast services nationally, for treatment, but only where the original primary consultant is not available. Issues in relation to other breast implants should be referred to the primary consultant, said the HSE.