Operating table scares prompt cosmetic surgery reform in NSW

CHEAP nips and tucks could become things of the past as the New South Wales Government looks to tighten laws allowing cosmetic surgeons to operate from unlicensed clinics.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner has released a discussion paper suggesting stricter regulations in response to a spike in reported complications, including cases of cardiac arrest.

The range of procedures has stretched in recent years to include everything from eyelid surgery and facelifts to breast enlargement and penis extensions.

"Patient safety is paramount," Ms Skinner said.

"The discussion paper will assess whether current licensing requirements for facilities are adequate to protect patients."

A range of medical practitioners from specialist surgeons to GPs can currently perform cosmetic surgery under NSW laws.

The government is considering adding a new "cosmetic surgery" class to existing laws to stop the practice outside specially licensed operating theatres.

The move follows a spate of operating table scares, including two Sydney women having cardiac arrest while undergoing breast enlargements this year.

Ms Skinner called on industry groups and the general public to make submissions to the discussion paper by January 29.

Read the discussion paper at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/legislation/Pages/regulations.aspx

-APN NEWSDESK



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