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Plastic Surgery: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average training period is for a cosmetic surgeon.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent regulator of medical doctors in the United Kingdom. All doctors must register with the GMC, hold a license to practise and meet set professional standards to work in the UK and be fit to practise. The GMC sets the standards that medical training organisations have to meet in the delivery of their training, and in the development of postgraduate curricula.

Qualified doctors do not need specific qualifications to perform cosmetic interventions (surgery). There is no a defined ‘route’ to becoming a cosmetic surgeon, and as a result no average training period.

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