A committee set up by the Department of Health in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal has recommended the following changes:
- Those who provide cosmetic procedures should undergo formal qualifications.
- People who inject fillers should also be signed up to a register.
- GPs should be informed of treatments so if something goes wrong they know what to treat.
- There should be a ban of financial offers for cosmetic surgery.
- Procedures must be approved by a surgeon and not a salesperson.
- A fund to help patients should a cosmetic surgery company go bust.
- There should be compulsory insurance in case a procedure goes wrong.
A new drive is underway to get legislation to stop botched plastic surgery.
It comes amid ongoing concerns about the lack of minimum standards in the support that some patients get. Our Correspondent Carl Edwards has the story.
Max Murison, a consultant plastic surgeon in South Wales, said that "we see people on a regular basis, probably monthly, where something terrible has gone wrong", as treatment has been done incorrectly, they have gone to someone not adequately trained, or tried to administer a product themselves.
He told our Correspondent Carl Edwards "these things can cause a lot of long-term harm, and we really need to protect the public."
Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd says she has tried to introduce legislation to prevent the "horrific consequences" of botched cosmetic surgery three times over the last 20 years.
She is now sponsoring a Private Member's Bill through, which has its second reading in the House of Commons next month.
It's called the "Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) Bill."
She wants to see established:
- An Implant register - so that any silicon implant, for example, is registered to the hospital, the surgeon and the date, in case anything goes wrong
- A procedure to check that people practising cosmetic surgery have the necessary qualifications
- An overall body to regulate cosmetic surgery, similar to Ofcom for broadcast media
The issue of regulating cosmetic surgery has been firmly on the agenda since the PIP breast implant scandal in late 2011.
Implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses, and many of the implants ruptured.
The Welsh Government controversially said the NHS here would pay for the removal and replacement of PIP implants where the private clinics that fitted them refused to do so and there was a proven clinical need.
In England, the NHS has only paid for removal.
Welsh Labour MP Ann Clwyd says a new law is needed to help prevent the 'horrific' consequences of botched cosmetic surgery.
She believes minimum standards need to be established to protect people from unregulated 'cowboy' cosmetic surgeons.
The Welsh Health Minister has effectively told MPs on the Commons Health Committee to back off. Lesley Griffiths was responding to their criticism of the Welsh Government's policy of replacing PIP implants. She said,
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths will respond to a report by MPs which questioned the Welsh Government's policy on replacing them.
The Welsh Government has offered to pay to replace banned PIP breast implants for those treated privately, while in England the NHS will remove but not replace them.
The Welsh Government has issued new advice to women who have had PIP breast implants. They say patients should now speak to their GP or surgeon whenever they underwent surgery, because of fears about the quality of silicon gell used. The problem was thought to only affect implants used since 2001.