BAAPS launches petition calling for increased surgery regulation

19 Aug 2022

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has launched a petition calling for increased regulation of who can perform aesthetic plastic surgery, with the goal of improving safety and outcomes for the public.

BAAPS asserts in its petition description that qualified plastic surgeons in the UK should appear on the General Medical Council's (GMC) Specialist Register, listing their area of specialist expertise, in order to address what it sees as a lack of regulation.

BAAPS vice president Marc Pacifico said, “Legislation that will clarify the distinction between providers to safeguard the public from serious complications at the hands of untrained and unregulated practitioners is long overdue. Legislation to ensure a surgeon is on the GMC specialist register will transform patient safety in the UK. Currently, there is more legislation to protect your dog while having surgery, than to protect a patient undergoing a cosmetic operation.” 

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