British women begin legal action over defective breast implants
Around 250 British women with breast implants made by a French firm are suing the UK clinics that performed the surgery.
The move comes amid warnings by leading doctors about the risks of rupture and possible links to cancer associated with the implants made by the firm Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP. Up to 50,000 women in Britain are thought to have the pre-filled silicone gel implants made by the now-defunct company.
The implants have been linked to the death of a French woman from a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and the implants are implicated in another seven or eight similar cases.
They are filled with an unapproved gel and there have been reports that the protective barriers are faulty. Hundreds of the women affected by the product are to pursue high court case in Cardiff next year, according to Mark Harvey, a partner at Hugh James solicitors, who is representing them.
French authorities will formally announce tomorrow that up to 30,000 women who received a specific type of implant in France can have them taken out.
But the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said there is no evidence to support removal of the implants.
Life & Style blogs
A roundup of the latest property news
Plus, do energy saving measures boost house prices?
The spring menswear season has only just begun, but I've already started to get deep and meaningful....
The 10 Best sports sunglasses
Apps: A poke in the eye for social-network friends
Viral video straps colt .45 handgun to a home-use drone
Bollywood star, Shahrukh Khan, accused of choosing sex of baby
'Deeply disturbing and appalling': NHS watchdog covered-up scandal at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust where eight babies died of neglect
- 1 Disability campaigners celebrate 'victory' after government rethink over plans to make it more difficult to claim disability benefits
- 2 'Jail reckless bankers': Report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management
- 3 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 4 Uri Geller psychic spy? The spoon-bender's secret life as a Mossad and CIA agent revealed
- 5 Vice pulls 'breathtakingly tasteless' fashion shoot glorifying the suicides of famous female authors from Sylvia Plath to Virginia Woolf
£600 - £750 per day: Orgtel: FATCA Project Manager - Banking - London - £600-...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: May & Stephens Recruitment Group: If you're an ambi...
£43000 - £50000 per annum + £5K Car Allowance + Bens : May & Stephens Recrui...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + Bens : May & Stephens Recruitment Group: If you're...