Plastic surgeons have sought the advice of the Icelandic Association of General Physicians due to legal uncertainty on whether they have the authority to submit personally identifiable information on women who have had breast enlargement operations in Iceland to the Directorate of Health as requested.
Silicone-filled breast implants (the photo is not related to the story). Source: Wikipedia.
The Icelandic Association of General Physicians decided on Friday that no information is to be submitted before the matter has been reviewed by the Data Protection Authority.
According to the association, the Directorate of Health understands that plastic surgeons want to be certain that it is legal to submit such medical records before they comply with the request, ruv.is reports.
Chairperson of the Icelandic parliament Alþingi’s Welfare Committee, Álfheiður Ingadóttir, told RÚV yesterday that the association’s decision is incredible.
The matter of faulty PIP breast implants is currently up for discussion among the committees members.
Álfheiður disagrees with the government’s policy on removal of the implants; she believes all PIP implants, not just those that have ruptured, should be removed for free, stating that no woman should have them in her body longer than she wants herself.
CEO of PIP Jean-Claude Mas has been arrested by the French police. The company has sold approximately 300,000 defective breast implants containing industrial silicone instead of the medical variant worldwide, visir.is reports.
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