A MAJOR review of cosmetic surgery has been welcomed on the Fylde coast.
The Government has announced plans to look at tightening up regulations in the industry, after the PIP breast implant scandal.
And it’s a move Rheagan Hendry feels cannot come soon enough. The 22-year-old, from Kirkham, set up the Denise Hendry Foundation – in her mother’s memory – to help those who have suffered from medical negligence.
Her mum, Denise, died after years of complications following a botched liposuction operation at a Preston clinic.
Rheagan, daughter of Scottish international footballer and former Blackpool manager Colin Hendry, has been campaigning for the last 18 month for the Government to introduce tighter regulations on cosmetic surgery.
NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, who will lead the inquiry, has said he will look to tighten the rules in several key areas – such as requiring clinics to join a scheme, similar to the travel industry, to offer patients protection if a company went bust and introducing minimum training requirements for surgeons.
Members of the public will be asked to share their experiences of cosmetic surgery.
Rheagan said: “It feels we have got somewhere and it’s great they are going to listen to patients and the public.
“This is chance to make a real difference for the future and to the safety of patients.
“Even botox is often not considered a surgical procedure by many people and is carried out in beauty salons, but it’s injecting a paralysing chemical into the body.
“Cosmetic surgery should be treated like any other surgery. And private clinics should have the same standards and regulations as the NHS. I’m really pleased with this move and hope to get involved with the discussions around the review.”
Peter Paterson, cosmetic surgery consultant at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital, on St Walburga’s Road, Blackpool, also welcomed the move.
He said: “For some time, Spire Healthcare has been concerned at how some cosmetic surgery providers incentivise people considering surgery with offers, and don’t give the patient enough time or information to make a fully informed decision.
“I hope the review will suggest a framework to ensure cosmetic surgery companies and surgeons are properly trained, accountable and should provide a clear audit trail of any materials used for injection or implantation.
“We will welcome recommendations which put patient safety first and help to ensure people can access the best possible treatment by well-trained professionals.”