Speculative Diversion: On Regulation to Curb Misuses by Charlatans in Private Sector Who Place Profit Before Patients’ Interests (BBC News)

Summary

The General Medical Council has new rules for private clinics, as from June 2016, with a view to impeding access to unsuitable / potentially harmful cosmetic procedures provided by rogue practitioners.

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Roberts, M. (2016). Clampdown on cosmetic surgery cowboys. London: BBC Health News, April 12th 2016.

This relates to:

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Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions. London: General Medical Council (GMC), April 8th 2016.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), there were 51,140 surgical procedures performed last year; this number had increased by 45,406 compared with the previous year:

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Cosmetic surgery ops on the rise. London: BBC Health News, February 8th 2016.

Background interest:

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A Point of View: Does cosmetic surgery really make people feel better about their bodies? London: BBC Health News / BBC News Magazine, January 22nd 2016.

Possibly also of interest, from the unregulated cosmetic dentistry / teeth whitening angle:

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Teeth whitening: call for action on ‘rogue’ beauticians. London: BBC Health News, April 2nd 2016.

CQC involvement is likely to intensify:

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Poor cosmetic surgery clinics could be named. London: BBC Health News, August 21st 2016.

Thinking About Having Cosmetic Surgery: Check-Lists

The Royal College of Surgeons has produced a checklist to help patients decide about cosmetic surgery, pick a suitable hospital and doctor etc.

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Cosmetic surgery check-list for patients. London: BBC Health News, October 4th 2016.

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