Health minister Paul Burstow
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NHS 'will not replace implants'

The NHS in England will not offer to replace privately fitted faulty breast implants at the time it removes them, even if patients pay for the procedure, despite a group of MPs calling for such a move.

Health minister Paul Burstow told the BBC the NHS would have "a duty of care which could be a lifetime duty of care" to patients whose implants it replaced.

He said replacing implants in women who originally had the procedure privately could mean "patients with clinical needs wind up being pushed down the queue, and that seems unfair."

  • 28 Mar 2012