Medical Negligence Lawyers Call For Reassessment of Lax Regulation
Medical Negligence lawyers at national law firm Irwin Mitchell have expressed concern at potential dangers arising from the lack of regulation in the cosmetic surgery industry.
This follows the news that an increasing number of people in the UK are undergoing procedures within the £3.6bn industry.
A BBC poll found that nearly a third of women have considered cosmetic surgery, despite the extent to which the industry remains unregulated.
In response to the currently limited level of regulation, the Royal College of Surgeons are set to launch a register for cosmetic surgery professionals next year.
Similarly, regulatory body Health Education England are introducing a post-graduate qualification related to the injection of dermal fillers, though neither will immediately be compulsory.
Mandy Luckman, medical negligence expert specialising in cosmetic surgery cases, said:
Expert Opinion“We have seen the long-term effects on patients that have experienced poor outcomes following cosmetic procedures and improving patient safety to minimise such outcomes is long overdue.
“We welcome the steps from the Royal College of Surgeons and Health Education England for next year but these are clearly too late for some patients that I have represented, some of whom have suffered life changing injuries.
“It is shocking that an industry that is worth millions continues to work unregulated for the time being which can put a patient’s physical and mental health at risk. Patient care is just as important for cosmetic procedures as it is for non-cosmetic procedures. ” Mandy Luckman - Partner
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