Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog talks about the the latest Governments thoughts on the regulation of the cosmetic industry.
New rules designed to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery have been described by experts as ‘appalling’ and a ‘wasted opportunity’.
Cosmetic surgery leaders said they were aghast at the the lack of proper regulation put forward by the Government’s response to an independent review into the future of the sector.
Ministers have failed to agree to a key recommendation from NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, whose review followed the PIP breast implant scandal. He wanted to make botox injections or ‘fillers’ to plump up the skin only available on prescription.
The Government said it supported the view but its hands were tied at an EU level, with work ongoing regarding such products.
There will also be no compulsory, central register of practitioners – whether for surgical, or non-surgical procedures such as botox and fillers – as recommended by Sir Bruce.
In its response the Government said it did ‘not believe that a new regulated profession is the only way of improving patient safety by practitioners of non-surgical cosmetic interventions’.
Sir Bruce also called for patient consent to be obtained by the surgeon who will operate on them.
The Government said consent could be obtained by any surgeon. Critics argued this meant a surgeon could fly in from abroad, carry out the surgery and fly out again, giving patients no continuity of care.
The Government said it agreed ‘advertising and marketing practices should not trivialise the seriousness of cosmetic procedures’ and socially responsible advertising needs to be included in practice codes.
But it stopped short of agreeing that the special deals highlighted by Sir Bruce should be banned.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) said it was ‘business as usual’ for the sector following today’s announcement. It’s president, Dr Rajiv Grover said: ‘Frankly, we are no less than appalled at the lack of action taken – this review, not the first one conducted into the sector, represents yet another thoroughly wasted opportunity to ensure patient safety.
‘With all the evidence provided by the clinical community, choosing not to reclassify fillers as medicines with immediate effect or setting up any kind of compulsory register beggars belief. ‘Legislators have clearly been paying only lip service to the sector’s dire warnings that dermal fillers are a crisis waiting to happen.
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* piece taken from Mail On Line