It has emerged that British cosmetic clinics are using hundreds of foreign surgeons for “fly in, fly out” operations, many of them not insured in Britain.
More than two-thirds of cosmetic surgery procedures are thought to be carried out by these “Fifo” surgeons at British clinics. Although they have to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), they are not required to have UK insurance. As a result, patients who have suffered horrific complications are struggling to obtain compensation.
One woman who contracted a flesh-eating infection after a breast reduction at a British clinic spent 2 years trying to trace the surgeon responsible after he returned to Italy. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) is now calling on the government to make it a legal requirement for all surgeons operating here to have UK medical indemnity insurance, or policies with equivalent cover to British-based ones.