Experts back plan to stop backstreet operations

Two influential names in the plastic surgery industry have spoken out in support of a campaign to stamp out rogue plastic surgeons operating out of backstreet clinics. Former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) Dr Douglas McGeorge, and specialist plastic surgeon and honorary lecturer at Imperial College Dr Charles Nduka, told online newspaper The Voice that they want to see tougher regulations introduced. Nduka said: “Less people are well informed and my main concern is about lack of regulation.” McGeorge agreed: “The problem we have in the UK is that it is a voluntary code of practice. There is still a need for legislation to make the guidelines compulsory rather that voluntary.” The campaign, launched on March 2 by Baroness Shireen Ritchie, will investigate complaints made by patients about plastic surgeons, and dish out punishments for clinics that don’t adhere to strict health and safety regulations.