Scots PiP victim Jenny Brown told of her “rupture nightmare” today (Wednesday). The woman from Edinburgh is currently recovering from surgery to have her implants removed last week after a scan identified a rupture in her right side.
Showing the state of her PiP implants she urged other concerned PiP victims not to suffer in silence.
Her solicitor, Patrick McGuire also urged women to come forward and said that the victims were entitled to claim redress to cover scans, removal, replacement and pain and suffering caused by the scandal.
The comments come on top of calls from the victims and Mr McGuire for the Scottish Government to hold a thorough, transparent and independent Public Inquiry into the scandal (see notes).
Jenny Brown was originally on an NHS waiting list to get breast augmentation surgery, but went private. She branded her whole ordeal a “nightmare”. She said:
“Since I started hearing about the PiP scandal back in December I’ve been living a complete nightmare and it still hasn’t ended.
“News of my rupture came completely out of the blue. I had concerns about my left side, but I would never have thought that it was actually my right side that was the problem. Everything happened very fast, I started the day going to my GP for advice and then got referred for a scan the same day which told me my implant had burst.
“When I found out about the rupture, I was just terrified. I’m so relieved to have them out, especially when I saw just how damaged these implants were.
“When I saw my ruptured implant up close for the first time I just cried. These implants were in my body and God knows what they’ve done to me.”
She urged women with PiP Implants in Scotland not to “suffer in silence”. She called for them to get scanned and join the campaign for justice:
“I didn’t know about this rupture until I got a scan. It’s important that no woman suffers in silence. Get scanned and join our Facebook campaign group “PiP Implants Scotland” for support and advice.”
Patrick McGuire is Partner at Thompsons Solicitors and legal representative of the victims, including Jenny. The firm have set up a free legal advice line for the victims of the scandal (0800 081 29 24). He urged women to come forward, get scans and use their right to get redress for what they’ve been through:
“Jenny has been through nothing short of a nightmare.
“What her experience clearly communicates is don’t suffer in silence. Come forward, get scanned and get justice.
“The victims of this scandal have rights just like any other consumer. They bought these implants in good faith and in their hour of need they’ve been told to get their chequebook out to buy peace of mind. It is simply unacceptable.
“The law is clear that they have the right to demand compensation for the cost of scans, removal, replacement as well as the pain and suffering caused by this whole nightmare. Our message to victims is clear – you deserve justice for what you’ve been through.”
He also said that the shocking state of Jenny’s PiP Implants “hammered home” the seriousness of the scandal and need for a Public Inquiry to be held:
“The state of Jenny’s implants hammers home the seriousness of the dangers faced by the victims of this scandal and the need to stop it ever happening again.
“There are questions hanging unanswered like why the Scottish NHS didn’t use PiP when England did; What the exact rupture rate is in Scotland; the public health dangers of silicone in general; what can be done to improve regulation of private clinics in Scotland and how we make sure dangerous implants like PiP breasts and defective hips don’t slip through the net and get certificates in the future.
“These are questions that demand thorough, independent scrutiny and that comes with the weight of a Public Inquiry.
“The Scottish Government has proven itself in the past to be light of foot in getting answers for victims through Public Inquiries.
“This is a serious Scottish public health issue – the Government must act in the interests of the Scottish people on this and not hide behind the UK Government’s reviews.”
Notes to editors:
1. The PiP Implants Scotland Campaign Group, joined by Patrick McGuire from Thompsons Solicitors, are calling for the Scottish Government to hold a thorough, independent and transparent public inquiry into the PiP scandal.
Their main questions to be answered are:
• Exactly how many women have been affected by the PiP implant scandal in Scotland? The only figures out there are an estimate.
• What is the rupture rate in Scotland? Sir Bruce Keogh’s review wasn’t clear on that.
• Why were warnings from doctors like Awf Quaba in 2006, who worked at Spire Hospital in Edinburgh, regarding the dangers of PIP Implants not acted upon until the recall in 2010?
• How many other private clinics in Scotland knew of the dangers of PiP implants before the recall in 2010?
• What information did both Scottish and UK Governments have regarding the dangers of PiP Implants in 2007 – the time when it is reported that Spire in Murrayfield banned the implants.
• Why did the Scottish NHS not use PiPs when England did?
• Why was a Scottish register of implants not in place before this scandal?
• What are the public health dangers in the use of silicone implants in general?
• Why were silicone PIP implants in use in the UK when the FDA in the US had banned all silicone implants from 1992-2006?
• According to top plastic surgeon Taimur Shaoib, plastic surgeons were warned three times over ten years about the company PiP. Why did no one listen?
• Some companies use cosmetic surgeons and not consultant plastic surgeons for these operations. These cosmetic surgeons may not be fully trained in plastic surgery. This needs to be addressed.
• With our implants and the recent problems with hip implants you can see that there is something seriously wrong with how these products get their certificates and are tested. We need stronger tests and trials for all medical devices.
• The scandal has revealed a failure in the testing of implants after certification. How do we implement a stronger system of constant testing?
• What can be done to improve the responsibilities of clinics to their patients in Scotland? The PIP scandal has shown a huge difference in the approach of clinics to removal and replacement and scans. Any inquiry needs to look into regulations that can be introduced in Scotland to ensure:
o A consistent standard of care is guaranteed to private and NHS clients in circumstances of defective products.
o A consistent approach to communicating product recalls to private and NHS patients as soon as possible.
o Ways of building in the need for full insurance protection from liabilities into the certification regime for private clinics.
o There should also be an implants register so that people can trace their implants in the event of a defective product.
Contact: Lawrence Cowan