Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares information from the Daily Mail about the governments latest inaction against regulating the Botox industry.
Cosmetic cowboys with no medical training will remain free to inject women with ‘backstreet Botox’ because health Ministers have bowed to pressure to leave the industry largely unregulated.
The Mail on Sunday has learnt that the Government is to reject a crucial recommendation in a hard-hitting review of the booming sector, to the outrage of leading doctors.
This newspaper has been campaigning since March for far tougher regulation of the botox industry. The Mail on Sunday has called for measures including a minimum standard for surgeons; proper regulation for all those practising cosmetic surgery; and an end to the hard-sell tactics that see special offers and glossy advertising undermine the seriousness of the procedures involved.
But doctors and campaigners believe people’s health could be put seriously at risk.
When the review was published in April, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said he agreed entirely with the principles behind its recommendations. A key proposal was the creation of a compulsory register for everyone carrying out cosmetic treatments – including Botox injections, use of wrinkle-smoothing dermal fillers, and laser hair-removal treatments.
A crackdown on so-called ‘backstreet Botox’ is to be shelved over fears that it could harm the economy
At the moment these can be carried out by anyone – sometimes with horrifying results.
But this newspaper has been told that the Department for Business has insisted that any register should be voluntary – meaning ‘cosmetic cowboys’ will be able to operate as normal.
‘Non-surgical cosmetic interventions’ such as botox injections account for three-quarters of the value of the cosmetics industry and the vast majority of growth in the sector, which will be worth £3.6 billion by 2015 having grown five-fold in a decade.
NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh was asked to lead the cosmetics review in the wake of the PIP breast implants scandal, which led to thousands of British women having them taken out.
Last night Sir Bruce said he would be dismayed if the Government decided against firm regulation. And Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said a mandatory register was essential.
Marcelle King, 58, is one of those who has suffered from ‘backstreet Botox’. She ended up in casualty after being injected with what she believes was fake Botox by a man purporting to be a plastic surgeon. The ‘treatment’ took place in a friend’s kitchen.
Critics claim the cosmetics.botox industry has determinedly lobbied Ministers to stop short of a mandatory register.
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