There is still a ‘pressing need for the Government to take action to protect the public’ from ‘unscrupulous’ practitioners who are providing non-surgical cosmetic treatments, says former health minister, Conservative MP Daniel Poulter, three years on from NHS Medical Director Professor Keogh’s review of regulation in the cosmetic interventions industry.
Following ‘horrific’ reports of beauty therapists undertaking facial dissection courses with cadavers, Poulter says, in an editorial that he has written for the forthcoming February issue of the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing (JAN).
‘The reality of high street aesthetics is a world increasingly blighted by unskilled, rogue practitioners. It is completely unacceptable that highly invasive facial dissection courses are now being taught to beauty therapists. If performed incorrectly, these procedures can change a person’s appearance forever.’
Commenting on the failure of the Government to implement Keogh’s review, which made 40 recommendations to improve clinical practice and safety in aesthetics, Poulter says: ‘The inevitable interdepartmental wrangling that occurs across Government, and a lack of a cohesive cross-Governmental desire for a Cosmetic Safety Bill, means that the activities of some of the most unscrupulous ‘practitioners’ still remain unchecked.’
Poulter blasts Health Education England’s efforts in aesthetics: ‘Health Education England has worked for many months on developing high-quality standards of training for cosmetic practitioners . these standards will be meaningless without proper regulation of the practitioners themselves.’
JAN editor Natasha Devan adds: ‘It is hoped that the Department of Health will urgently work, in collaboration with the newly formed Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, to implement regulation in this area and protect patients from harm.’