Cosmetic controls to rein in ‘surgeons’
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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