Tighter Rules to be introduced to regulate Cosmetic Surgery

19 February 2014

Regulations set to be introduced to regulate Cosmetic Surgery

Tighter rules to be introduced to regulate cosmetic surgery

As cosmetic surgery and other non-surgical procedures become more common and the industry as a whole continues to boom, so too does the rise of unregulated practices and procedures. In an attempt to protect patients and prevent adverse injuries, the UK Government has announced that tougher regulations are set to be introduced.

A review carried out last year made a number of recommendations for the cosmetic surgery industry including the introduction of a register of all practitioners who perform surgical and non surgical cosmetic treatments, restrictions on advertising and financial incentives, and compulsory insurance to cover adverse incidents.

These sensible and practical recommendations are endorsed by medical professionals and the Government response is due to be published shortly. Any regulations that are ultimately introduced will potentially extend to Northern Ireland, subject to the decision of the Assembly and the Health Minister.

If you have had a cosmetic treatment such as Botox, fillers, breast implants or other cosmetic surgery procedures and have experienced adverse symptoms such as pain, discomfort, swelling or scarring, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This is not always the case, but we will be happy to discuss the circumstances of each particular case with you.

Claire McDaid is a Solicitor with the Litigation department of Worthingtons Solicitors and specialises in medical negligence cases. If you have any queries in relation to this article, please submit your query in the form below and a member of our litigation department will be happy to respond.

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