Friday, 22 Feb 2019

Government accepts ‘debilitating’ effects of medical implants

Recognition that commercial interests had trumped patient safety follows Guardian exposé

Patients have suffered “debilitating consequences” from medical implants that doctors had assured them would be safe, the government has said in a significant acknowledgement of failings in medical device regulation.

The health and social care minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, said commercial interests had been prioritised over patient safety, and there had been other problems, including a lack of transparency and doctors’ failure to warn patients of the risks.

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