Archive for September 2015

Regulator Ban Could Lead to Silimed Implant Compensation Claims

The ban on sales of Silimed silicone implants could result in Silimed implant compensation claims if contamination found in Brazil is also found in Europe.

Earlier today, it was reported by Reuters that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has suspended sales of Silimend silicone implants following the discovery of contamination in the company´s Rio de Janeiro manufacturing plant.

The MHRA and other European regulators are testing products already in Europe to determine whether the contamination is a recent event or if has affected the quality of implants already shipped from Brazil. The MHRA has advised the UK healthcare industry not to use Silimed implants until further notice.

The suspension of Silimed implant sales comes five years after French authorities discovered that Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) was not using medical-grade silicone in its breast implants – a discovery that led to the closure of the company and a jail sentence for its president, Jean-Claude Mas, in 2013.

The MHRA´s suspension of Silimed sales may ultimately be unfounded, but the regulator is taking no chances after being criticised by the Commons Health Committee in 2012 for failings in the way that the PIP breast implant scandal was handled and for a lack of communication.

No Evidence Yet to Support Silimed Implant Compensation Claims

As the investigation into possible contamination is only a few hours old, there is no evidence yet to support Silimed implant compensation claims. The MHRA is advising people who have concerns about their Silimed implants is to contact their implanting surgeon or clinic.

According to the manufacturers, any potential health issues will be limited to the European Union; for, although products manufactured by Silimed are also sold under license in the US by Sientra Inc, an ongoing clinical trial in the US has yet to disclose any problems with the implants.

People who have already been diagnosed with an injury or a health condition due to a Silimed implant should speak with a solicitor about making Silimed implant compensation claims. Your solicitor will be able to advise you of the latest situation regarding the MHRA´s suspension of Silimed sales and the ongoing investigation into the safety of the implants.

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Complaints about NHS Staff Levels in Scotland Pass 7,000 in Two Years

More than 7,000 complaints about NHS staff levels in Scotland have been made in the last two years according to figures released by the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party.

Data released by the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party – acquired under the Freedom of Information Act – shows that 7,253 complaints about NHS staff levels have been made to management in the NHS Scotland – the majority of them coming from concerned healthcare professionals.

The data also shows that the number of vacancies for consultants has more than trebled in the past three years from 128 to 447.5; and, at the same time, the number of vacancies for nursing and midwifery positions had increased by more than a fifth from 1,865 to 2,256.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume used the figures as ammunition for an attack on his opponents in the Scottish National Party (SNP). He said: “These stark figures underline the pressure that NHS staff are under as a result of the failure of the SNP government to get to grips with the challenges facing our health service.”

However, SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison defended the political attack with some figures of her own. Ms Robinson said: “[The complaints about NHS staff levels] are critically important. Under this government, NHS staff numbers have risen by over 10,000, with more doctors and nurses now delivering care for the people of Scotland”.

Ms Robinson added: “We also have record high numbers of GPs – including the most GPs per head of the population in the UK. To give people the high quality healthcare they deserve, we are investing in and supporting a highly skilled NHS workforce. Over the past year alone, this includes an additional 600 nurses and midwives.”

Aside from the political arguments, the fact that there has been more than 7,000 complaints about NHS staff levels in Scotland is a major concern – particularly as the complaints are being made by employees concerned about safety issues in hospitals. When staffing levels are low, healthcare professionals are placed under more strain, meaning that mistakes are made with more frequency and patients suffer avoidable injuries or the unnecessary deterioration of an existing condition as a result.

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