Statement from Sally Taber, Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS)

Statement from Sally Taber, Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) in response to the Ministerial Statement by the Right Honourable Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health IHAS, which represents the majority of healthcare providers affected by the MHRA failure to detect the faulty PIP implants, welcomed much of the Secretary of State’s announcement. Whilst the intention of the Health Secretary was to offer guidance, patients are feeling more confused and anxious now than ever before. With current Government position remaining unclear, patients want to know the timeline for the further investigations into PIP implants by the MHRA. There is need for clarity on how patients can access scans and ensuring that all GPs are authorised to order scans. Despite the private sector requesting a meeting with the Department of Health since Friday 6th January, the public and private sector have yet to meet and agree a deliverable solution. Our members have stepped forward to give all the assistance they can to the Expert Panel. We are yet to see comprehensive data from the NHS private patient units. Members of IHAS are as much a victim of this fraud as the NHS and the patients. We all trusted the standards regulator, the MHRA, and the Department of Health. If there is any moral or ethical obligation outstanding it lies with the Government’s regulatory agency, the MHRA. But the overriding issue here is that it is in everyone’s interest to work together to ensure that patients are treated with compassion. The IHAS welcomes the intention for CQC to carry out unannounced inspections of independent providers. All our members comply with the CQC guidance framework and are registered by the CQC. Notice to Editors IHAS is a trade body of the independent acute healthcare sector and counts among its Members all the largest independent healthcare providers and many of the medium sized ones. Its remit is to facilitate better regulation and improved quality standards among its members, many of whom are leaders in their field of speciality. IHAS has, at government instance, established The IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers, an industry standard-setting Register of providers of injectable cosmetics including Botox ® and dermal fillers called Treatments you can Trust. It published, at the request of the GMC, Good Medical Practice in Cosmetic Surgery, which sets standards for organisations http://www.independenthealthcare.org.uk/