Press release

Statistical Press notice: PIP breast implants

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The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:** Latest weekly PIP implant data** (covering the period 6th January…

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:**

Latest weekly PIP implant data** (covering the period 6th January to **29th July 2012)

This release covers two weekly data collections monitoring the “NHS Offer” for patients who have had PIP implants.

The first collection monitors the extent to which patients who had PIP implants implanted privately have presented to the NHS.

The second collection tracks the care of those women who have previously had PIP implants implanted by the NHS. This collection covers the seven NHS providers which had used PIP implants on NHS patients in the past.

As we have not seen an increase in activity following the recommendations of the expert group we intend to continue with plans to move to a monthly collection from August.  This means that this weeks submission will be the last submission relating to weekly data.  The first figures relating to monthly data will be published on 14 September.

The key points from the latest data are:

Private PIP implants

  • A total of 7,539 referrals have now been received, 29 of these were received during the last week (ie week ending 29 July).
  • These referrals have been received by 121 trusts.
  • 4,815  scans have now been completed and 43 of these were during the last week (ie week ending 29 July).
  • The number of decisions to explant now stands at 590. Of these 590 there have been 309 explants to date.
  • 3,535 women have completed their NHS offer and 36 of these have been this week.
  • This collection splits the private patient data into 3 categories (Harley, Transform and Other).  Harley and Transform are separately identified because, according the available information, they have the largest number of patients with PIP implants.  “Other” includes unknown so some of these patients may be identified in later weeks as Harley or Transform patients.

NHS PIP implants

  • The latest estimate of the number of women with NHS PIP implants in place on 6th January is 881.
  • 879 women have been contacted.
  • 106 scans have been completed.  294 decisions have been made to explant and 173 explants have already taken place.
  • 168 women have completed their NHS offer.

Full tables are available on the Department of Health website.


The point at which the NHS offer is completed will vary according to the circumstances of each woman. Some women will simply want reassurance, others will decide after clinical advice to have their implants explanted by the NHS.

Feedback welcomed

We welcome feedback on the content and presentation of these statistics within this Statistical Press Notice and those published on the DH website. If anyone has any comments on this, or any other issues regarding the data and statistics, then please email:

Additional Information

To contact the Media Centre, please refer to the DH website for the relevant contact details:

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) statistician responsible for producing these data is:

Clare Hiblin

Knowledge and Intelligence

Department of Health

Room 4E63, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UE