May 30, 2012

Cosmetic surgery compensation: leading surgeon faces being struck-off

A leading cosmetic surgeon to the stars is facing being struck-off by the General Medical Council (GMC) over accusations he offered three patients substantial discounts if they booked their treatments together and failed to obtain proper consent from one of the patients before sedating her.

Dr Khan, who operates a private cosmetic surgery clinic located on the prestigious Harley Street in London, faces a hearing of the GMC’s fitness to practice panel. The news comes only months after the cosmetic surgery industry was rocked by the PIP breast implant scandal whereby thousands of women across the county discovered they had been given unsafe breast implants.

In the case of Dr Khan, the hearing by the GMC alleges that: “Dr Khan failed to provide good clinical care to patient RR in that he unreasonably induced patient RR to accept surgery, by agreeing to undertake financially discounted cosmetic surgery to patient RR and her two colleagues, if all three patients booked the surgery together”.

It is also claimed Dr Khan “did not obtain informed consent from patient RR in respect of the sedation and surgery”.

By law plastic surgeons are required to give patients an outline of what is involved in the surgery and inform them of all the possible risks associated with the procedure. Surgeons are also required to meet with patients for a consultation before the procedure is scheduled to take place to ensure any questions can be answered and that the patient has a cooling-off period to allow them to change their mind. The GMC’s guidelines stipulate that surgeons should not pressure patients to go through with a procedure in anyway. Any patient that has not been properly consulted on their procedure or properly cared for before, during and after the procedure, may be entitled to claim compensation if they have suffered as a result.

Click here for more information on making a claim for cosmetic surgery compensation. Holmes & Hills Solicitors has a team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors offering free initial advice to anyone considering making a claim for compensation.

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