13 February, 2014
New proposals governing cosmetic procedures do not go far enough to protect patients warns a clinical negligence expert at Forbes Solicitors.
The Keogh report, commissioned as a result of the PIP implant scandal, recommended that those performing cosmetic procedures be trained to a high standard. Concerns were also highlighted about non surgical cosmetic procedures, such as dermal fillers, which were described as a 'crisis waiting to happen'. However, whilst there is to be a review of training for those administering dermal fillers, the regulations fall short of the recommendation to make fillers prescription only.
Leonie Millard, Clinical Negligence Solicitor commented, 'Although it is pleasing to see a review of training for non surgical cosmetic procedures, these reforms don't offer the patient the standard of protection recommended by Keogh. I have seen cases where fillers have been injected into the wrong place or where skin had been left looking lumpy."
"If you consider a non surgical procedure, it remains the case that the types of people offering the types of treatment may not be medically qualified, and I would advise that you refer to The Treatments You Can Trust register (TYCT), which will tell you about qualifications of the provider."
Forbes' Gothic House office holds a Legal Aid Agency Clinical Negligence Franchise. This award allows only an elite number of highly qualified solicitors to apply for Legal Service Commission Funding (formerly Legal Aid) to handle clinical negligence cases. Peter Dugdale is an AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) panel member and Sara Linford is accredited to the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel.
If you, a family member or friend has suffered as a result of a botched non surgical cosmetic treatment the team of Clinical Negligence Solicitors.