An 8 week consultation is set to be launched on Monday into the quality of care provision from cosmetic surgery clinics.
Proposals put forward by the Department of Health will seek to increase transparency by ‘naming and shaming’ those clinics that do not meet adequate standards. The programme will be headed by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which up to now has mainly focussed on primary services such as NHS Trusts and GP surgeries.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said these measures will help to end the ‘lottery of poor practice’ that patients face when deciding which surgery they will attend. There will be 4 potential ratings given to clinics:
- Needs improvement
Patients will be able to see these ratings when deciding which surgery they will attend. However, the proposals fall short of rating individual medical professionals.
These proposals come in the wake of the controversial PIP implant saga that prompted the industry review carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh in 2013.
The cosmetic industry has since been under ever greater scrutiny from regulators who aim to curb the somewhat gung-ho attitude of surgeries delivering these cosmetic treatments. Many professionals that carry out such cosmetic treatments have insufficient qualifications and experience with patients suffering potentially life changing injuries as a result.