Doctor speaking to patient about patient's concerns over unsafe independent cosmetic surgery in a doctors office

Concerns over unsafe independent cosmetic surgery services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has cancelled the registration of a cosmetic clinic in Birmingham.

Inspectors raised concerns into the practices of Bearwood Cosmetic Clinic based in Smethwick, after finding “unsafe practices” and what they considered to be a lack of appropriate training.

The CQC had concerns regarding 12 out of the 65 independent cosmetic surgery services they inspected across the country. Some were found to be “providing a very good standard of care” but others were not.

Protection for patients

Ted Baker, the chief inspector of hospitals, wrote to all cosmetic surgery clinics and raised a particular concern with providers regarding the use of anaesthetics during liposuction. He reminded providers that a trained anaesthetist should be present for procedures and said: “Where we have concerns about the quality and safety of services, we will use our enforcement powers to demand improvements and, in the case of very significant concerns, to suspend or cancel a provider’s registration in order to protect people receiving care.”

Inspectors noted that infection control standards and safety procedures were not being adhered to across a number of the services.

Clinic closed

After appealing the CQC’s decision, Bearwood Cosmetic Clinic stopped disputing action taken against them. The clinic has been closed since December 2018.

Inez Brown of Medical Accident Group said: “It is very important for anyone planning to undergo cosmetic surgery to thoroughly research the clinic where they intend to receive treatment.”

If you or a family member have suffered from poor treatment, Medical Accident Group can help. We have a team of dedicated clinical negligence solicitors who will guide you through the process of making a claim. Call the team now on 0800 050 1668 or email at [email protected]

Doctor speaking to patient about patient's concerns over unsafe independent cosmetic surgery in a doctors office Doctor speaking to patient about patient's concerns over unsafe independent cosmetic surgery in a doctors office

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