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Cosmetic Surgery Treatments

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for introducing (a) a formal training and (b) a formal accreditation for cosmetic surgeons; and if she will make a statement. (122686)

Cosmetic surgery is not a medical specialty in the United Kingdom. However, as part of the curriculum for training in plastic surgery there is a requirement for aesthetic surgical training. This means that a surgeon getting a certificate of completion of training in plastic surgery will be trained in all aspects of this.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many long-term health problems caused by unsuccessful cosmetic procedures were treated by the NHS in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. (122687)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hairdressers and beauty therapists are licensed to inject customers with Botox; and if she will make a statement. (122688)

Botulinum toxin is a prescription-only medicine. It can only be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, a registered dental practitioner, a registered nurse independent prescriber, a registered pharmacist independent prescriber or a registered supplementary prescriber, provided that botulinum toxin is listed in the patient’s clinical management plan that has been agreed with a doctor. Prescribers may administer the medicine themselves or delegate the administration to another suitably qualified and competent person.