Untrained medics undertaking cosmetic surgery procedures

Untrained medics undertaking cosmetic surgery procedures

The BBC news website has recently report on the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) speaking out about untrained medics undertaking cosmetic surgery procedures such as Botox. Currently in the UK certain cosmetic treatments can be administered by anyone anywhere with no medical training.

RCS president Professor Norman Williams said:"While the colleges and professional organisations involved in cosmetic practice are neither regulators nor legislators the profession has a responsibility to provide standards to which we would expect our members to work."

"We have serious concerns that not all those who offer cosmetic procedures are adequately qualified or that patients are getting accurate information prior to treatment. We hope these standards will feed into the ongoing review of the industry led by the NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh and improve quality of care for patients going forward."

The RCS has developed a set of professional standards for cosmetic practice. The standards have been developed by a working group of key professionals including surgeons psychiatrists psychologists and dermatologists and state that financial deals such as time limited discounts should be banned and stringent psychological assessment promoted. They lay out the professional duty practitioners have to their patients including the need to ensure they have a clear understanding of the risks of the procedure outlining necessary aftercare and being transparent about costs from the outset.

Mr Steve Cannon Chairman of the working party and RCS council member said:

“As the majority of cosmetic procedures are not available on the NHS we must ensure that commercial interests do not compromise patient safety. With the demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments rising year on year it is crucial that the highest level of professionalism is maintained amongst practitioners.”

The report concludes by highlighting that all cosmetic procedures should be carried out on licensed premises with resuscitation equipment readily available in the event of an emergency. The concept of ‘Botox parties’ or ‘filler parties’ are entirely at odds with these standards.

If you or a relative are concerned about cosmetic procedures you have received from either a medical professional or a person you think is not a trained practitioner eg. someone who works as a beautician we can offer you free expert advice on making a medical negligence claim.

Please call us on 0844 8449866 to discuss your potential case further.

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