Cos­metic con­trols to rein in ‘sur­geons’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - ROSE BREN­NAN & ANNABEL HEN­NESSY

ROGUE GPs with no cos­metic train­ing who call them­selves sur­geons and op­er­ate on pa­tients are in the sights of a state gov­ern­ment bent on crack­ing down on their work.

The Satur­day Tele­graph can re­veal NSW Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard will write to his in­ter­state coun­ter­parts to es­tab­lish tough cos­metic in­dus­try re­forms across Aus­tralia.

“Peo­ple are be­ing ex­posed to doc­tors who hold them­selves out to have par­tic­u­lar ex­per­tise but they’re a long way short of it,” Mr Haz­zard said.

“We now live on a very con­nected planet, where peo­ple can buy prod­ucts on the in­ter­net, and that has changed the ground rules. As health min­sters across the coun­try we need to look at it again and see if there is some way we can catch up with what the in­ter­net and women’s mag­a­zines have done to us.”

Health min­is­ters will dis­cuss re­forms for the in­dus­try at a Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments meet­ing as early as next month.

“There are GPs out there claim­ing to be cos­metic sur­geons who in fact have done ab­so­lutely min­i­mal, pos­si­bly zero, train­ing. It is down­right crazy,” Mr Haz­zard said.

The min­is­ter has ini­ti­ated a statewide re­view of ser­vices in the wake of rev­e­la­tions by The Satur­day Tele­graph of shock­ing be­hav­iour in the in­dus­try — in­clud­ing med­i­cal school grad­u­ates call­ing them­selves cos­metic “sur­geons” af­ter com­plet­ing half-day train­ing cour­ses in breast en­hance­ments and Bo­tox.

“Plas­tic sur­geons have cer­tainly made the point that you need to be trained ap­pro­pri­ately if you are go­ing to be ef­fec­tively re­shap­ing peo­ple’s bod­ies through in­va­sive pro­ce­dures,” Mr Haz­zard said.

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