§ Mr. French
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to prevent the carrying out in the United Kingdom of liposuction operations by surgeons whose EC practice certificate has been withdrawn.
§ Mr. Sackville
Practitioners are required to register annually with the General Medical Council, which will also keep a record on a specialist list of any certificate issued in compliance with EC directive 94/16/EEC (Specialist Medical Training).
As the United Kingdom competent authority for registration of medical practitioners, the General Medical Council is also responsible for the recording of details of specialist certification from members of the EC who enter this country to practise.
The registration details of surgeons offering plastic surgery are available, to patients seeking liposuction treatment, through their general practitioner, who will have access to the latest details carried in the General Medical Council's registers.