Thursday, October 25, 2012

Faulty medical implants investigation: Regulators’ trail of deception has been exposed, says chairman

The Telegraph

Andrew Miller, the chairman of a parliamentary select committee investigating the sub-standard regulation of medical devices in Britain, has said that a “trail of deception” has been exposed in the system.

Mr Miller, the chairman of the science and technology committee, said that features of the system were “wrong” and that patients were “clearly entitled” to a process which guaranteed the safety of products being “inserted into their body”.

The committee is preparing to publish a report into the regulation of medical devices in the coming days which is expected to call for a sweeping overhaul of the system.

In the wake of The Daily Telegraph’s disclosures about loopholes in the system, dozens of patients and doctors contacted this newspaper to demand immediate reform.

Mr Miller said that the investigation had exposed behaviour that is “not within the current spirit of the regulation and my judgment of that is it is not within the legal interpretation of the regulation”.

He said that the companies which regulated the approval of medical devices should be focusing on protecting the patient.

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