Hospitals risk a shortage of vital medical devices without urgent action, Deirdre Clune has warned.

Following the PIP breast implant scandal, an updated EU law demanded that all medical devices be registered on a new system. It was designed to be more accountable to reassure patients and doctors. It takes up to 18 months to certify a device.

The deadline, May 2024, is now only 18 months away.

With time running out, only around 15 per cent of devices, such as heart valves and catheters, have so far been registered. Fine Gael MEP, Deirdre Clune, says, unless a solution is found, our healthcare system will lose vital devices patients urgently need.

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