More countries support PIP removal, TGA resists

"If it is torn, the implant must be removed. Even if there is no tear shown... it is recommended that the implant be removed," the Dutch health watchdog and the Dutch Association of Plastic Surgeons said in a statement on Wednesday.

While the UK, like Australia, has not recommended routine removal, British health secretary Andrew Lansley announced all women who want PIP implants removed should have it done and private clinics have a “moral duty” to take them out or the NHS will step in.

However, the Harley Medical Group, responsible for the largest number of implant surgeries in the UK (13,900) involving the controversial PIP implants, points the finger at the UK government’s medical regulator, the MHRA, saying they failed to ensure the PIP implants were safe.