Implant saga shouldn’t put an extra burden on our NHS

Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

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Why should the already over-stretched National Health Service be expected to make amends for a scandal it played no part in creating?

I make no moral judgment against women who choose to have breast implants, but the time has now come to draw a line under the PIP saga.

In response to worries over the safety of the silicone used, the NHS has already pledged to remove the implants because some private clinics won’t. That’s the decent thing to do when there are genuine health concerns at stake.

But picking up the tab for then replacing those implants with a perky new set is not what the NHS is for and shouldn’t be part of the deal.

It needs to concentrate on medical matters, not cosmetic considerations.