We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – there is no law on the horizon to stop non-medics practising.
Every now and again the media pounce on a scare story and this time it’s a story in Scotland that’s got people’s knickers in a twist.
But before we look at the latest story – which is based on 13 – yes just 13 medics in Scotland calling for a change in the law, let’s explain why we believe there is no imminent chance of that happening:
1. To make a perfectly legal profession illegal would mean a change in the law. And if this was ever
done (which is highly unlikely) non-medics would need to be given time to qualify in whatever new
qualifications were required to practice. So, three years or so from the date of any change.
2. Reviews of the industry have been going on for years. The JCCP are only due to send their
recommendations to Government in 2021 – and with Covid it’s likely everything is changing. An All-
Party Parliamentary Group has just formed to review the situation. The Scottish Government is
already recommending licensing rather than changing the law and prohibiting. This has gone round
in circles for years.
3. The last thing the Government wants is more and more medics leaving the NHS to open aesthetics
clinics – especially since the Covid-19 crisis.
4. A middle-ground where practitioners are licensed, much in the same way as tattoo parlours are
licensed is the most likely change – if a change is made. Follow what the Scottish Government is
So why the panic now?
It’s based on a story in The Daily Record in Scotland under the headline: “Rogue beauticians using bootleg fillers and Botox are ‘putting lives at risk’.”
It quotes Dr Darren McKeown (Who, what a surprise has his own clinic and isn’t at all keen to corner the market for himself).
Dr McKeown says he’s seen a 200% increase in the number of remedial treatments he needs to perform after “rogue” treatments. But what are the numbers from 1 to 3 – that’s 200%?
The story goes on to say: “In one case, a mum of four who was injected with an inadequate substance experienced extreme swelling and hard lumps over her face.” Not difficult to sort out is it guys?
And shockingly it also claims: “Another woman had to have her lips amputated after a procedure”.
Really – her lips amputated. Where’s the evidence for this? Google it for yourself and you won’t find it.
There is no documented case of lip amputation caused by “botched” fillers in the UK.
So, let’s not panic.
Lips aren’t going to fall off and you aren’t going to be stopped from practising.
But you may need a license one day – and that’s no bad thing.