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PIP implant problems 'stem from unregulated cosmetic surgery industry'

A committee of MPs has raised questions over the Welsh government's decision to provide free treatment for women with PIP breast implants.

The Commons Health Committee says while it makes sense to remove and replace the implants in one operation if there is a "clinical need", the replacement should not be free of charge.

The Welsh government says its aim is to help all women in Wales needing treatment.

The committee also looked at the broader state of the cosmetic surgery industry. It found that in some cases procedures have been "commercialised and trivialised", and some types of advertising can be inappropriate.

Anna Raeburn, a journalist and broadcaster who once worked for a plastic surgeon in the early 1970s, discusses the state of the industry with BBC Radio Wales presenter Peter Johnson.

They are joined by Kevin Hancock, a consultant plastic surgeon who works across north Wales and is a council member of the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons, who says the industry is "almost unregulated".

MPs question Welsh implant stance

  • 28 Mar 2012
  • From the section Wales