The government is set to launch a crackdown on inept plastic surgery clinics by naming and shaming places that aren't up to scratch, following concerns that many botched surgeries are going unreported.
All clinics will be rated online in a bid to offer a better view on how well the clinics perform but also to stop patients from being taken advantage of.
Regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the establishments will be given a rating of “outstanding,” “good,” “requires improvement” or “inadequate,” and the results will be published online to better regulate the industry, which hasn't been held to account in the same way before.
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Speaking about the plans, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said:
“Our proposals to extend the CQC’s powers to rate more providers are an important step forward in improving standards and will help to end the lottery of poor practice in parts of the cosmetic industry.”
The new measures will affect up to 100 cosmetic surgery clinics and will include those that offer breast enhancement surgeries, particularly in light of the PIP scandal that saw many women with ruptured implants.
Consultant plastic surgeon and former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Douglas McGeorge said:
“We welcome—and indeed, have been calling for during the last decade—as much government scrutiny as is possible of the cosmetic sector. This is an arena where regulation has historically been lax and many practitioners can engage in procedures they are not trained or even qualified to perform.”
While this is fantastic news for those who are considering surgery, there are of course products already available on the market, such as NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate (£38), that plump lips and helps improve the signs of ageing.
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