Remove all faulty implants: surgeon
All women with faulty breast implants should have them removed given the "uncertainty and lack of knowledge" about the extent of the problems, a leading surgeon has warned.
Tim Goodacre, a member of the Government-commissioned panel investigating the scandal, said the latest estimate of rupture rates was "very much higher" than he would consider acceptable.
About 40,000 British women are thought to have received the silicone implants made by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the risk of rupture is only 1%, but a cosmetic surgery chain told ministers privately that the figure could be as high as 7% or 8%.
Mr Goodacre, president of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Bapras), told BBC Radio 4's The World At One: "Even with a very low rupture rate, we would want to see most implants removed on a staged basis.
"If you believe a device is faulty, I think this would be true in your car or any other object that you buy, you would want to have that replaced on a staged basis.
"Certainly this is a very much higher rupture rate than we would consider acceptable at all. Good implants put in by reputable people really have an extraordinarily low failure rate so this is quite out of the ordinary."
Mr Goodacre stressed that there was "no immediate cause for concern" as there was no cancer risk and no evidence of "major health detriment".
But he added: "Given the fact that there is a degree of uncertainty and lack of knowledge in this, we really are recommending that all implants do come out."
The French authorities shut down PIP last year after the company was found to be using cheaper industrial silicone. Paris has since recommended that women have the prosthetics removed because of fears over rupture.