PIP breast implants women protest at Manchester clinics

Women with PIP breast implants at the centre of a health scare have held protests outside two private clinics in Manchester.

The group wants the Surgicare and Transform Pines clinics to pay to remove and replace the implants.

Organiser Joanna Van Rooyen, from Middlewich, Cheshire, said the companies should not be "asking for more money".

Neither Surgicare or Transform Pines were available for comment.

Pain PIP implants, produced by French firm Poly Implant Prothese, were banned in 2010. They contain industrial silicone which is not meant to be inside human bodies and have a higher risk of rupturing.

'Painful and tender'

About 40 women took part in the demonstrations on Saturday which started at 11:00 GMT and finished at 15:00.

Mrs Rooyen, 28, had breast implants put in at Surgicare in 2007.

The mother-of-two said: "I paid almost £5,000 for my implants and I was given a lifetime guarantee they would never rupture.

"Now they are trying to charge me more. I have had the symptoms for rupturing - they are very painful and very tender and rippling.

"It is really frightening. I am worried about my health but also how I will afford to pay to have them replaced."

Michelle Davies, who also had the procedure done at Surgicare, said: "I have had PIP replacements and now I'm having trouble with mine. I want them to replace what they have done wrong.

"I have been to my doctors and there is nothing they can do until I have seen my surgeon but I'm not getting any answers from Surgicare."

She added: "I am not happy."

Surgicare has said on its website the firm will remove PIP implants from former patients free of charge.

It is offering two breast implant replacement procedures to affected patients - costing between £2,500 to £3,000.

Transform's website states PIP implant removal costs £1,850. The price for removal and replacement is £2,650.

According to the NHS website, it is thought that about 40,000 women in the UK have PIP implants.

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