Private Medicine parasiting off the NHS

  zzzz999 09:13 14 Jan 2012

Not content with letting the NHS pay for the expensive medical training of its doctors and nurses, not content with letting the NHS fix its mistakes, it now seems private healthcare wants the NHS to provide it with customer aftercare. Private Healthcare providers in the UK are refusing to remove substandard silicone breast implants.

Time to surcharge them along with the banks

  morddwyd 09:51 14 Jan 2012

So you think they should pay whether they are guilty or not?

Let's see the matter taken through the courts, and blame, if any, properly allocated.

There are any number of criminal and civil offences that could apply, from the Trade Description Act (not of the quality demanded) to common assault.

  sunnystaines 09:52 14 Jan 2012

if women can afford to have them put in they can afford to have them taken out.

[now once removed does the brest revert back to once they were before or are they left with baggy brests that have been stretched by the implants]

any female readers?

  carver 09:55 14 Jan 2012

You have to remember that when these implants were fitted they were presumed to be fit for purpose.

The private health firms do not have the resources to pay for the cost of removal on the scale that has been suggested, it's not their fault that a company who provided them with what they considered medically correct implants lied to them.

  Algerian peter 10:10 14 Jan 2012

If the surgeons use sub standard products. They should replace them. They should then go to the suppliers of the implants and request compensation. This is not neccacerilly the manufacturers.

  carver 10:21 14 Jan 2012

If the firm who supplied the implants is no longer in business then how can a private health firm go back to them for compensation.

  Algerian peter 10:34 14 Jan 2012

Has the supplier gone out of business? Have they bought direct through the manufacturer or through a wholesaler?

  bremner 10:58 14 Jan 2012

It is said in an article in todays Times, by Harley Medical Group, that the PiP implants were licensed for use by the relevant HMG department, questions should be asked to their diligence in approving implants with industrial silicon as opposed to medical.

  robgf 11:37 14 Jan 2012

IMOP this is no different to buying a TV that develops a fault, you return it to the outlet that sold it, not the manufacturer.

The breast implants are not fit for purpose, so the retailer should replace them with an item of similar value, or refund the purchase price and then sort it out with the manufacturer, or their insurance company.

The private health firms are just trying to wriggle out of their obligations. If they should manage to evade their responsibilities, I doubt they will survive in the long term, as who would trust their medical health to a firm with no sense of moral responsibility.

  Strawballs 11:52 14 Jan 2012

NHS quite often gets left to sort out the mess left by private cosmetic surgery, but that is no different to the NHS being left to sort out the mess left by Tobacco and Alcohol firms.

  badgery 11:59 14 Jan 2012

"who would trust their medical health to a firm with no sense of moral responsibility."

Being ever so slightly cynical, I would say there will never be a shortage of young 'wannabee' hopeful girls who would do anything to 'improve' their attributes.

I think 'moral responsibility' thoughts hardly cross their minds.

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