Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Government launches cosmetic surgery review

Following the PIP scandal the government has launched a review into cosmetic surgery. The review was requested by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and will be led by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS. The review is expected to cover issues surrounding the regulation of clinics, whether all practitioners are adequately qualified, the quality of advice given to potential patients prior to surgery, the aggressive marketing techniques adopted by some clinics, and what protection is available when things go wrong.

The Department of Health has asked people to give their views on, and share their experiences of, the cosmetic surgery industry and cosmetic procedures.

A team of experts will assist Sir Bruce Keogh in gathering evidence and considering recommendations. These will include Andrew Vallance-Owen, former Medical Director of BUPA, Trish Halpin, Editor of ‘Marie-Claire’ magazine, Dr Rosemary Leonard, GP and media doctor, Simon Withey, plastic surgeon and Vivienne Parry, writer and broadcaster. Sir Bruce Keogh is due to submit his recommendations to government by March 2013.

At the same time the Department of Health has released a survey of 1,762 people showing that 67% of those questioned said cost was the most important factor when considering cosmetic surgery. Only 54% said they considered the qualifications of the doctor to be the most important factor and only 44% undergoing plastic surgery and 36% opting for other treatments thought about aftercare.

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Author: Vanessa Harris