The group is arguing that while commercial clinics account for more than 60 per cent of cosmetic surgery conducted in the UK, regulations allow surgeons with little or no training to practise specific procedures.
GPC head of health Claire Ashbridge-Thomlinson leads the account. She said it would ‘work with the Government to ensure the parameters of the cosmetic industry are set in the interest of the patient’.
Harley Medical Group wants procedure-specific training to become mandatory and the administration of treatments to receive individual accreditation.
‘This will go a long way to protect patients and ensure less-than-scrupulous providers are excluded from the market,’ said group chairman Mel Braham.
The group has ten clinics across the UK, including three in London – one of which is on Harley Street – plus a clinic in Dublin.
Its services include laser hair removal, ‘anti-aging’ facial surgery and a range of operations for the body, including breast enlargement.