Monthly Archives March 2013

1-in-5 patients unsuitable for cosmetic surgery

A recently published survey undertaken by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) showed that around two thirds of its members turn down up to 30% of patients’ requests for cosmetic surgery. Unrealistic expectations and medical unsuitability for cosmetic surgery were cited as common reasons for declining to operate.
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Cosmetic Surgery Tourism

Cosmetic surgery tourism is once again in the news, with the launch this month of a research project based at Leeds University aimed at investigating the drivers for cosmetic surgery tourism and its impact upon an emerging globalised system of healthcare. It has long been known that patients seeking a
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Calls for a legal duty of candour on NHS Trusts

The fallout from the Mid Staffordshire enquiry continues in the medical press with pressure mounting on the GMC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to explain why so few doctors and nurses have faced disciplinary action as a result of failures leading to deaths within the Trust. The report by
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Medico-legal assessment of scar quality

In medico-legal practice the assessment of scar quality is important when determining quantum. However, the quality of the scar may bear little relationship to how noticeable it is, as this is largely determined by its size and site. The notional ‘conversational distance’ is the range at which a scar can be reasonably categorised as
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