UK cosmetic surgeons lack training, says report

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5029
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Many surgeons in the United Kingdom who carry out cosmetic procedures are not getting enough training, says a report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death. It says that the high number of clinics across the country means that patients are spread thinly and thus surgeons do some procedures only occasionally and cannot maintain their skills.

    The audit also found that many clinics are insufficiently equipped to care for patients safely and that regulatory procedures are poor. The report says that a lack of a cosmetic surgery specialty makes regulation difficult.

    For its report the inquiry identified 55 NHS and 705 independent sites across the United Kingdom that carry out cosmetic surgery, although only 361 (48%, with 324 from the private sector) returned a questionnaire on their facilities and practices.

    The Royal College of Surgeons for England said it …

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