Hospital’s £3m implants bill

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TAXPAYERS face a bill of up to £3 million for the costs of treating patients fitted with controversial metal-on-metal hip implants at Rotherham Hospital.

Analysis by NHS officials in Rotherham is believed to be the first in the Yorkshire region setting out a ‘reasonable worst case scenario’ of the costs of surveillance and revision surgery.

Official NHS figures say more than 300 people from the region have undergone major revision surgery to overcome debilitating problems linked mainly to implants made by manufacturer DePuy which is facing a host of legal claims.

DePuy withdrew its ASR hip implants in 2010 amid worldwide concerns over their safety - but around 10,000 had already been used across the UK.

Ministers told MPs that more stringent regulations over the use of new medical devices are being drawn up.

Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion said the NHS in the town, where the local trust is in a ‘cash crisis’ and is cutting 750 jobs over the next three years, could ‘ill afford further costs’ and called for the Government to make resources available.

“It is a national issue and one that needs to be dealt with at a national level, as well as being dealt with through the courts,” she said.

David Tooth, chairman of NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The overall financial impact is difficult to quantify at this stage but we will be funding it because we believe that this is the right thing to do for our patients.”