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PIP breast implants: £1.2m removal cost not being reclaimed

The £1.2m cost to the NHS of replacing faulty PIP breast implants fitted by private cosmetic surgery companies will not be reclaimed by the Welsh government.

It was not viable to recover the money spent removing and replacing the implants, the government said.

In 2012-13 £819,000 was paid out and a further £422,000 in 2013-14.

So far, 603 Welsh women have been referred for implant replacement, 300 have been treated and 48 are still awaiting surgery.

India Pollock reports.

  • 18 Feb 2014