Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has been accused by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) of making women more confused and anxious then ever and has been criticised for his comments that private clinics have a "moral duty" to remove the PIP implants.
The IHAS represent many of the private clinics involved and state that their members were as much a victim of this fraud as the NHS and the patients. The IHAS feel that the blame can be placed solely at the door of the government's own regulatory authority the MHRA. They also feel that the government should be clearer in providing a timeline as to when further investigations into PIP implants will be carried out and should make themselves available to meet IHAS officials to discuss a solution.
Meanwhile the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS) has poled its members and found that 95% felt private clinics or hospitals should pay for any treatment. The BAAPS president Fazel Fatah commented that clinics who were refusing to assist their patients represented a "disappointing and increasingly isolated element still not putting patients' peace of mind and therefore quality of life ahead of commercial considerations."