Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Health
Medical Aids and Appliances
Question 491: To ask the Minister for Health if he is monitoring the replacement of approximately 1,700 faulty hip implants that were made by a company (details supplied); if he has statistics on the number of implants that have been replaced so far; the total cost to the taxpayer thus far of this recall; if the company has met all the reasonable costs of surgery and expenses of patients as promised by the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17121/11]
The DePuy ASR hip Recall commenced in late August 2010. Revisions are scheduled based on assessment of clinical need. To date, a total of 113 revisions have taken place - 35 in HSE and HSE funded hospitals, and 78 in private hospitals. A further eight revision surgeries are scheduled in the coming weeks and months.
DePuy has indicated that it will cover all reasonable and customary costs associated with the recall. A process for reimbursement of all related costs has been agreed between De Puy, the HSE and private hospitals to cover costs incurred in the recall, including costs incurred in the implementation of the recall and patients' out of pocket expenses. The HSE is working to ensure that the recall will be cost-neutral to the taxpayer.
Question No. 492 answered with Question No. 470.