Interpol warrant for implants boss
Interpol is seeking the arrest of the boss of a French company whose breast implants are at the centre of an international health scare.
Jean-Claude Mas, 72, is wanted by Costa Rican authorities for crimes involving "life and health", according to the international police agency's website.
Interpol, which is based in France, issued a so-called red notice for Mr Mas, who ran Poly Implant Protheses (PIP), which is in liquidation.
France has offered to pay for 30,000 women to have their PIP implants removed because of the risk the products could rupture and leak industrial-grade silicone.
But the Department of Health said it was not echoing the French advice as there was no evidence to support it.
Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies said: "Women with PIP implants should not be unduly worried. We have no evidence of a link to cancer or an increased risk of rupture.
"If women are concerned, they should speak to their surgeon. I will be writing to GPs so that they are aware of the concerns women may have and can talk them through with their patients.
"While we respect the French government's decision, no other country is taking similar steps because we currently have no evidence to support it.
"Because of this, and because removing these implants carries risk in itself, we are not advising routine removal of these implants."
Health experts will continue to examine any further evidence from France and across the world on the issue and the Government will keep the situation under close review, she added.