A major review of cosmetic surgery and procedures is launched today by the Department of Health.
The review, led by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, wants people to give their views on and share their experiences of the cosmetic surgery industry and cosmetic procedures. A call for evidence asks for views on:
- the regulation and safety of products used in cosmetic interventions
- how best to ensure that the people who carry out procedures have the necessary skills and qualifications
- how to ensure that organisations have the systems in place to look after their patients both during their treatment and afterwards
- how to ensure that people considering cosmetic surgery and procedures are given the information, advice and time for reflection to make an informed choice
- what improvements are needed in dealing with complaints so they are listened to and acted upon.
This comes as a survey shows that many people consider the cost of surgery more important than the qualifications of the people doing it or how they will be looked after.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said:
“The recent problems with PIP breast implants have shone a light on the cosmetic surgery industry. Many questions have been raised, particularly around the regulation of clinics, whether all practitioners are adequately qualified, how well people are advised when money is changing hands, aggressive marketing techniques, and what protection is available when things go wrong.
“I am concerned that too many people do not realise how serious cosmetic surgery is and do not consider the life long implications it can have. That’s why I have put together this Review Committee to advise me in making recommendations to Government on how we can better protect people who choose to have surgery or cosmetic interventions.
“We want to hear views from everyone, particularly people who have experience of the cosmetic surgery industry or of other cosmetic interventions – good and bad – so we can learn what works best.”
A team of experts will assist Sir Bruce Keogh to gather evidence and make recommendations to the Government by next March.
The review, requested by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, is in response to concerns raised about the industry following the PIP breast implant controversy.