While the European Parliament is taking progressive steps forward in ensuring that another PIP breast implant incident does not have happen again, the Scottish Government remains unconvinced that there is a need for continued public inquiry on the faulty PIP breast implants. The Scottish Government remains unconvinced of the need for a public inquiry into potentially toxic breast implants, the Public Health Minister has said.
Public Health Minister Michael Matheson on Thursday rejected once again the repeated calls for inquiry into again the Poly Implant Prothese implants, stating that regulation of such medical products are reserved for Westminster to handle.
According Matheson only one woman is recorded have received PIP breast implants on NHS in Scotland prior to the recall and has since received appropriate care.
“Members will be aware that within NHS Scotland we do not provide cosmetic surgery on a routine basis.
“In relation to calls for a public inquiry, when the Deputy First Minister met with the PIP Scotland campaign group last week she made clear her view that, on the basis of the information available to her at that point, she was not convinced that a case had been made for one and that there were other options open which would help to reassure women in Scotland. That includes continuing to work with the campaign group here in Scotland,” said the Public Health Minister in a news statement on Thursday.
“I hope members are assured that the Scottish Government take this matter very seriously and we are working with the appropriate bodies to make sure we have provisions in place to prevent this type of thing happening again,” he continued.
This obviously is not sitting well with Labour Party who have devised an aggressive seven-point plan for the Government. This plan calls for a public inquiry, requests the removal and replacement of PIP breast implants on NHS, tighter regulations and accountability standards for private clinics, a national breast register, consistent care, private summit for cosmetic product providers and full testing of PIP breast implants and future ones.