New concerns over metal hip implants

Fresh evidence has emerged about the toxicity of all-metal hip protheses implanted in thousands of Australians, just months after a Senate committee described the situation as a ticking "time bomb".

Up to 5500 Australians received the UK-made DePuy all-metal hip replacements which were the subject of an inquiry by the Senate community affairs references committee that reported last November.

The inquiry called on the Department of Health and Ageing ''as a