One in five beauty clinics is UNSAFE and has untrained staff perform breast augmentation, nose jobs and facelifts on vulnerable patients while using outdated medicines, says watchdog
- The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found the fifth of the practices that put customers at risk
- Procedures often performed by untrained personnel who did not follow infection protection
- Others found outdated medication and put customers at risk while being sedated
One in five beauty clinics that perform cosmetic procedures run a risk of serious damage to their customers, according to a damning report.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) warned that too many people were performing unsafe facelifts, nose jobs, breast augmentation, weight loss operations and hair transplants.
It turned out that the procedures in these clinics were often performed by untrained staff who did not comply with infection prevention standards.
The report also revealed that some customers were receiving obsolete medicines and remained in danger while being sedated during liposuction.
It is the final blow to the clinics who are accused of hunting the body by offering them buy-a-get-a-free operations and ignoring the psychological consequences of the changes.
One in five beauty clinics that perform cosmetic procedures performs unsafe facelifts, nose jobs, breast enlargements and weight loss operations (file image)
The health regulator has threatened to close the companies, part of a thriving industry, after its report that was published Tuesday.
It found that 20 percent of the services it licenses to perform cosmetic operations have multiple & # 39; areas of insufficient practice & # 39; showed up.
Many were poor at monitoring vulnerable patients whose health could deteriorate and did not receive proper approval before starting treatment.
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Jackie Doyle-Price, the minister for mental health and suicide prevention, said that anyone thinking of breast augmentation or lip fillers should check if the doctor is qualified.
She revealed figures that showed that at least one NHS hospital has seen a six-fold increase in corrective procedures after cosmetic surgery at low prices abroad.
Participants such as Megan Barton-Hanson from Love Island have talked openly about undergoing such an operation. But Miss Doyle-Price said: "Love Island is on top of many things that convey a generally unrealistic image of the body image.
"We also see it in The Only Way Is Essex and Absolutely Ascot – everyone has lip fillers and boob jobs.
"If people want to change aspects of their appearance, that's fine, but they need to understand that all of these procedures involve risks."
She said that a study at the Royal London Hospital last year found a six-fold increase in cases that required follow-up care of procedures conducted abroad since 2013. The hospital has spent more than £ 63,000 to repair overseas operations.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London had to treat 12 patients with infected fillers for £ 40,000 last year.
Miss Doyle-Price warned against visiting places like Turkey, India and Eastern Europe for cheap operations. "Please don't do it because the NHS has to correct problems," she said.
Patients in these clinics also did not receive a sufficient & # 39; cooling-off period & # 39; to properly consider the procedures.
Other common points of interest were the inability to control anaphylaxis – a deadly allergic reaction – and a lack of attention to fundamental safety processes.
The CQC said it was also concerned about the cleanliness and maintenance of equipment in some clinics.
So far, it has inspected 65 of the 102 services it grants in England to perform cosmetic surgery and has published 58 of them.
The watchdog has taken enforcement measures against 12 of those 58 – one-fifth of the total. This means that the operations must make fundamental changes to their practices or run the risk of being closed.
In August, the regulator suspended the Look Younger clinic in Chichester in western Sussex after uncovering a number of safety issues.
The site appeared to put patients at risk by not doing enough to control the risk of infection.
It also used outdated medicines and had too few trained staff to keep patients safe.
The CQC has also withdrawn its license from the Bearwood cosmetic clinic in Solihull, West Midlands, after uncovering a number of unsafe practices.
Details about what bad inspectors found will be released when a new report is published & # 39 ;, said the watchdog.
Professor Ted Baker, the chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, has since written all the beauty clinics and warned them that they will be closed if standards are not improved.
In the letter he says: “When we are concerned about the quality and safety of services, we will use our enforcement powers to demand improvements and, in the case of very serious concerns, suspend the registration of a provider or cancel to protect people who receive care. & # 39;
The Royal College of Surgeons of England said the CQC findings showed that some clinics did not meet its own professional standards for cosmetic surgery.
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