Doctors, patients and industry campaign against laser deregulation

Patient groups, medical bodies and cosmetic clinics have joined forces with consumer watchdog Which? to oppose government plans to stop regulating cosmetic laser treatments.

The government is removing non-surgical laser treatments, such as hair removal and skin treatments from current healthcare regulation as of October 1st, claiming that the industry should self-regulate.

However, experts are concerned that the rate of adverse incidents including burns and skin damage will soar if treatments are deregulated, as standards will drop.

Which? health campaigner Jenny Driscoll commented: "The opposition to this government plan is across the board. This unique group has joined forces to tell the minister to seriously take heed of the warnings from patient groups, health experts and the cosmetic industry."

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is supporting the campaign and has called on the government to reconsider its plans.

BAPRAS member Chris Khoo, who is a consultant plastic surgeon, said: "Patient safety must always come first, and BAPRAS is concerned that proposed changes to the regulation of lasers will put patients at risk.

"We join Which? in urging the government to reconsider its decision to scrap the introduction of a regulatory framework for cosmetic treatments and calls for a proper debate that puts patient safety at its centre."

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