Cosmetic surgery insurance scheme prompted by PIP scandal


To avoid similar future problems with breast implants to those which recently surrounded PIP, an insurance scheme could soon be created for cosmetic surgery patients.

A cosmetic surgery insurance scheme, similar to one run by the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), has been suggested by Sir Bruce Keogh, chairman of the government review into PIP implants.

As with the scheme's Abta-style model, clinics would pay a membership subscription fee to fund any necessary remedial treatment.

While Sir Bruce said that he did not wish to pre-empt the review's findings, the current position of the NHS is that the health service will replace the PIP breast implants of patients it treated.

However, despite the government maintaining that private clinics have a moral obligation to do the same for their own patients, the clinics have refused.

Sir Bruce was confident that a cosmetic surgery insurance scheme similar to Abta's would protect consumers.

"One of the things my review will be looking at will be something like the Abta arrangement," he said, "which means that when an organisation runs into trouble for whatever reason, the consumer is covered." Sir Bruce added that cosmetic surgery insurance along these lines "captured the flavour of where we want to go."

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