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Cosmetic surgery will be regulated more closely in England

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 23 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4620
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Clinics that provide cosmetic surgery are to come under closer scrutiny and be rated in the same way as GPs and hospitals, under new government plans.

The Department of Health for England launched a two month consultation on 22 August,1 proposing to extend the types of healthcare provider registered with the main NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission that it is able to rate after inspection.

Under the proposals, the CQC would expand its rating programme to include up to another 1000 providers. These would include cosmetic surgery providers, services for pregnancy termination, substance misuse centres, refractive eye surgery providers, independent community health providers, independent ambulance services, and independent …

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