GMC focuses on increased Surgical and non-Surgical procedures safety
Good news are coming from Great Britain. GMC (General Medical Council) is preparing a guide that will help make surgical and non surgical procedures much safer. At the moment GMC is discussing the safety features with surgeons so as to create a guide that will really upgrade the safety level of all such procedures.
GMC will encourage plastic surgeons give time to their patients so as to choose responsibly. This is very crucial to give the patients the opportunity to thoroughly evaluate the whole situation, the advantages and disadvantages and finally decide whether a procedure really fit their needs. At the moment surgeons give their patients a 2-week period to consider their options.
GMC also encourages surgeons to carefully reveal/describe all risks involved in a procedure that a patient is considering. This feature is also important for the patient to fully understand what can possibly go wrong and decide responsibly.
GMC Chairman, Professor Terence Stephenson explains that the goal for GMC is to make procedures as safe as possible underlining the fact that some patients are not really mature to choose responsibly. Stephenson also highlights the need for the patients to properly consider their choices and how destructive can be a decision take in a rush. Concluding, Professor Stephenson says: “Cosmetic practice is a huge and expanding area of medicine and patients, some of whom are vulnerable, do need to be better protected”.
Finally GMC along with the Royal College of Surgeons of England will publish details about which medics are most capable in carrying out plastic surgery safely. Thus patients will be able to have another clue so as to make the best decision by checking the GMC’s medical register for the doctor they are considering.
The whole guideline won’t be published before early 2016.