Two former nurses who have been either suspended or struck off have illegally prescribed Botox and have been treating people in homes and beauty salons in the Midlands.
The ‘Botox parties’ involve Jonathan Henk, who was struck off the nursing register by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in 2012 for having sex with a mental health patient without her consent, and James Kearsey, who has been suspended from his job because he did not declare a conviction for assault to his employers at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley.
Because the two men are not licensed to practice, it is illegal for them to prescribe medicine. But they have been prescribing Botox and injecting customers, charging £200 a time.The NMC is investigating.
Botulinum toxin, which is used in Botox treatment, is a prescription-only medicine and can only be prescribed by a doctor, dentist or nurse for a specific patient. It is not illegal for an untrained person to inject Botox, but the Royal College of Surgeons has said that laws should be changed to ensure only those with proper training administer it.
Legislation around cosmetic procedures continues to be a grey area. Although the Keogh review in 2013 into cosmetic surgery and non-surgical beauty treatments was expected to pave the way for new rules, no change has yet taken place.
Ally Taft, Partner with Medical Accident Group said: “These events make it clear just how urgently a change in the law is needed. Illegal prescription is a serious offence, and although it’s not against the law to use Botox, injuries do occur and should not be ignored.”