Statement from Linda on jail sentences awarded to those responsible for the PIP scandal
11 December 2013
I was pleased to see that there was justice this week for the 300,000 women (42,000 of those here in Britain) who were wrongly sold industrial and not medical grade silicone PIP breast implants. French courts have sentenced the founder of the PIP company to four years in prison, awarding lesser sentences to four more executives of the company. Following the scandal, the EU has tightened up the regulation surrounding medical devices and implants, introducing a system using unique identification numbers, so every device can be traced and recalled if there is a fault. These new measures should protect UK patients from the emotional turmoil of not knowing whether the implants and devices inside them pose a risk, as well as saving our NHS from financial fallout when things go wrong.