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French health minister calls for PIP implant removal

French health minister calls for PIP implant removal

The French government should foot the bill for thousands of women to have their potentially-dangerous Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants removed.

That is according to the country's health minister Xavier Bertrand, who believes the state must take a proactive stance towards the fact it has been established that the augmentation products could be susceptible to ruptures and leakages.

Examinations of PIP have found the implants contain an unauthorised silicone gel that could cause health issues should it seep out.

Earlier this week, it emerged the nation's administration is considering whether or not there is a need for these implants - which around 30,000 women in France have - to be removed on health and safety grounds.

And Mr Bertrand feels this is the most sensible approach to take.

"As a preventive measure not of an urgent nature … [we] recommend that the removal of these implants, even those not showing signs of deterioration, be proposed," he noted.

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Posted by Francesca Witney