De-regulation of cosmetic treatments puts patients at risk, RCN warns

DoH plans to de-regulate cosmetic laser treatments later this year will put patients and clinicians at risk, the RCN has warned.

The RCN is among a group of 30 patient groups, medical bodies, cosmetic clinics and industry representatives who have joined Which? in calling on the Government to reconsider plans to remove non-surgical laser treatments, such as hair removal and skin treatments, from healthcare regulation from 1 October.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN general secretary and chief executive said: ‘If the Government proceeds with de-regulating the industry, it will be failing to protect the health and well-being of patients.

‘The RCN is concerned that this decision could potentially enable individuals without qualifications to perform laser and other treatments on patients, which would pose a serious health risk to patients and damage confidence in the industry.’

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