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Written Answers - Health Services

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 520.  Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  his views on the recent statement made by the Chief Medical Officer regarding the replacement of implants and the associated costs; the cost of same; if there will be a cost to the patient; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24229/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly The Chief Medical Officer of my Department has met and is engaging with the three treating clinics involved in the PIP breast implant issue with a view to ensuring that best practice and patient support is paramount in the service provided to concerned recipients of PIP implants. He has discussed the very reasonable concerns raised by affected clients including access to surgeons for consultation and the provision of full medical records in relation to one of the treating clinics.

Two of the clinics have already made arrangements with their clients for consultation and further surgery if appropriate and have managed the associated costs between the parties. The third clinic is currently putting in place a new care plan with its clients to the same effect.

As the provision of care is between the provider clinic and each client my Department is not involved in collecting cost data.

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