Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has highlighted the need for people to be fully informed of medical the reprecussions of any cosmetic surgery procedure.
Deputy Doherty, who is a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, was speaking following today’s appearance of Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, before the Committee to speak about the impact of faulty silicone breast implants made by French company PIP.
“It is clear to me that the current arrangement of self-regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry in Ireland is not good enough. On that note, I strongly welcome the news that the Department of Health is preparing legislation to deal with the regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry. It is sorely needed.
“This point is underscored by the case of the implants manufactured by French company PIP, who deliberately used industrial grade silicone during production. An estimated 1,500 Irish women have had this product inserted in their bodies.
“One company, which carried out the breast augmentation procedure with over 900 of these women, have proven to be far from helpful to the women who underwent the procedure with them. I hope that with the regulation of the industry in Ireland, patients will be spared the hardship that these women have had to go through.
“I urge the Department of Health to ensure that all advertisements for cosmetic surgery services contain advice for people to visit their GP in advance of any procedures to assess their physical suitability for the treatment and the potential medical implications. The State has a duty of care to its citizens and as such should encourage people to ensure that they are aware of what they are undertaking.”