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Plastic Surgery: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 26th October 2017.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to ban people under the age of 18 from accessing cosmetic procedures, other than those required by multidisciplinary healthcare.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Government is committed to improving the safety of cosmetic procedures through better training, robust qualifications for practitioners, and better information so that people can make informed decisions about their care. We are currently exploring options to support this commitment further.

On the 13 September 2017, the Government laid new regulations in Parliament to impose a duty on the Care Quality Commission to rate and assess the performance of providers of surgical procedures for cosmetic purposes where the procedure requires intravenous sedation, general anaesthesia or the insertion of an implant. These regulations are due to come into force on 31 October.

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