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Cosmetic Surgery

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to conduct a review of cosmetic surgery practice in England and Wales. [130161]

We announced in early 2002 that there would be a review of the effectiveness of the national minimum standards for the qualifications of cosmetic surgeons in England who were not on the specialist register of the General Medical Council and had been in practice before 1 April 2002.The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) submitted a report to the Chief Medical Officer in July of this year on the findings from inspections carried out in its first year of operation of establishments where such surgeons worked. This report can be found on the NCSC website at further more comprehensive report on inspections so far is scheduled for this autumn.