Germany has followed France in advising all women who received suspect breast implants from the now defunct company PIP to have them removed.
It remains unclear whether any financial aid will be given by the German government to cover the costs of removals or replacements.
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The British Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, has announced that there is no need for routine removal, but he added that any women who received the implants on the state funded National Health Service (NHS) could have them removed if they choose, and it will be paid for by the NHS.
Other countries must now decide what line it will take as a result of the PIP scandal, as the malfunctioning implants were exported to many thousands of women all over the world.