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Plastic surgeon: 'We really need to protect the public'

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."

Proposals to regulate cosmetic surgery

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

PIP scandal puts cosmetic surgery regulation on agenda

Many women in Wales suffered from ruptured breast implants. Credit: PA

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.

Read More: ITV News coverage of the PIP scandal, and its consequences for cosmetic surgery

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Welsh Health Minister hits back at MPs' criticism

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 is a devolved matter, and my response to the PIP issue has been based entirely on what is best for women in Wales needing help from the health service in Wales. I note with interest the contents of today's report but the UK government has no jurisdiction over health in Wales.

Health minister to respond to PIP policy

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Welsh Government will replace banned PIP implants Credit: ITV News Wales

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.

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