Poor cosmetic surgery clinics are set to be named and shamed under new government proposals
- Officials announced plan to extend powers of Care Quality Commission
- Watchdog inspects clinics but does not rate them and publish results
- Abortion clinics and laser eye surgery providers would also be affected
By Emily Chan/ Mail Online
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed plans to have cosmetic clinics rated by the Care Quality Commission. Officials believe the move is a necessary step towards improving safety after high profile scares such as the PIP breast implant scandal in 2012. Among the 1,000 providers who could be rated under the new plans, around 100 are cosmetic surgery clinics.
Officials hope that those looking to undergo the knife will be able make an informed decision about where to spend their money. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘Anyone who chooses to have a cosmetic procedure should have high quality and safe care – and that’s why we have a tough regulator in place to help people make an informed decision.
‘Our proposals to extend the CQC’s powers to rate more providers are an important step forward in improving standards and will help to end the lottery of poor practice in parts of the cosmetic industry.’
Over 50,000 cosmetic surgery procedures were conducted in the UK last year, with breast augmentation being the most popular.
The sector was meant to be subject to tough new standards after the PIP breast implant scandal.
Around 47,000 British women were fitted with cut-price implants which were fraudulently filled with an industrial-grade silicone meant for mattresses.
The French-made implants were up to six times as likely to rupture as other brands.
The new government proposals also involve rating independent community health providers, ambulance services and dialysis units.
The CQC has rated over 10,000 providers since 2014 but it has focussed on providers with the most patients. This has included NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, GP practices, adult social care providers and independent hospitals.
The eight-week consultation will be in England only.