Health Secretary Sajid Javid said ‘far too many people have been left emotionally and physically scarred’ when things have gone wrong after botox and facial filler procedures
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A licence will be required to carry out botox and facial filler procedures under new plans.
The Government is introducing the requirement to protect patients from botched non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said “far too many people have been left emotionally and physically scarred” when things have gone wrong.
The plan will come in an amendment to the Health and Care Bill being tabled tomorrow.
The Government believes pressure from social media has contributed to a surge in young adults wanting cosmetic surgery.
Mr Javid said: “While most of those in the aesthetics industry follow good practice when it comes to patient safety, far too many people have been left emotionally and physically scarred after botched cosmetic procedures.
“I am committed to protecting patient safety by making it an offence for someone to perform these cosmetic procedures without a licence.
“We’re doing all we can to protect patients from potential harm, but I urge anyone considering a cosmetic procedure to take the time to think about the impact on both their physical and mental health and ensure they are using a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner.”
The Health and Care Bill has been controversial with unions warning it will be a major reorganisation that will cement the role of the private sector in the NHS.
The Government stands accused of a “power grab” as the new bill hands the Health Secretary powers over the day to day running of the NHS.
Currently it sets general funding and salary structures but operational decisions are made independently by the NHS leadership.
Health Minister Maria Caulfield said the spread of images online via social media has led to a rise in demand for botox and fillers.
She added that there had been a subsequent increase in people suffering the consequences of badly-performed procedures.
She said: “While these can be administered safely, we are seeing an unacceptable rise in people being left physically and mentally scarred from poorly performed procedures.
“Today’s amendment is the next step on the road to effective regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England.”
A public consultation will first be launched to representation from patients and interested parties.
It follows new legislation making it illegal to give such treatments to under-18s, and banning adverts – including social media – for cosmetic procedures which target people in that age group.