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Cosmetic surgery clinics 'should be named and shamed'

The CQC does not currently rate cosmetic surgery clinics Credit: PA

Poor cosmetic surgery clinics could be named and shamed under new Government proposals.

It is hoped by health officials that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) could soon rate cosmetic surgeries.

Currently, the CQC inspects cosmetic surgery facilities, but does not rate them as being "outstanding", "good", "requires improvement" or "inadequate" and publish the results online as it does with hospitals and GP surgeries.

On Monday, the Health Department will consider whether to expand the rating programme to cover up to 100 cosmetic surgery providers.

Officials believe the move is a necessary step towards improving safety and informed choice after high profile scares such as the PIP breast implant scandal in 2012

Anyone who chooses to have a cosmetic procedure should have high quality and safe care - and that's why we have a tough regulator in place to help people make an informed decision.

Our proposals to extend the CQC's powers to rate more providers are an important step forward in improving standards and will help to end the lottery of poor practice in parts of the cosmetic industry.

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary