Barbara has welcomed the launch of a web forum to gather the views of women with PIP implants on their treatment and experience with the implants.
Barbara is a member of the Commons Health Select Committee, which is currently investigating the issues with PIP implants following the emergence of information about risks associated with the implants. As part of this work, the Committee has launched an online forum for women who are affected, so that they can give their personal experiences. The forum can be accessed at http://forums.parliament.uk/pip-implants and will be open until 31 May 2012.
Barbara has pressed both the Prime Minister and Health Secretary in Parliamentary Questions, to ensure that women who are victims of the PIP implants scandal can receive a scan within the NHS. She has also asked Ministers to pledge NHS support to women where private clinics refuse to help or are unable to do so. The NHS could recoup the costs of treatment from the private clinics later. Barbara also spoke in support of the victims of the PIP scandal in three different Parliamentary debates
“Many women have written to me and to other MPs to tell us of their anxiety about the possible dangers to their health from PIP implants. I am glad the Health Select Committee has launched this forum to find out the personal experience of implant surgery from a private provider or the NHS.
“It will help the Committee to monitor how both the NHS and private clinics are performing in the task of removing PIP implants and also help us understand other issues relating to the marketing and use of implants in private clinics.”