Sting operation bares doctors' misconduct

Local | Cindy Wan 28 May 2018

A sting operation conducted by the Democratic Party has found some doctors at beauty centers breaking their code of conduct.

The party plans to file a report with the Medical Council.

It has accused five doctors of promoting their business through the media and providing pictures of patients before and after surgeries.

Hong Kong Beauty Monitoring sent undercover consumers to look into misleading advertisements of the beauty industry, and it uncovered the involvement of some aesthetic doctors.

Roman Yuen Hoi-man, the monitoring group's founder and a Sham Shui Po district councillor, claimed being in possession of evidence that five aesthetic doctors have breached their code of professional conduct, and they will be reported this week to the Medicine Council of Hong Kong.

He denounced the doctors for taking advantage of their profession to promote their beauty care business and allowing vendors to sell beauty products under their name.

The purported misconduct includes luring patients with discount offers and claims to have unique beauty equipment or techniques.

Yuen claimed some doctors would use any means possible to exploit legal loopholes to dodge potential liabilities. These include allowing beauty clinics to promote themselves under the name of doctors while hiding the fact that the doctors are not board directors of those clinics.

Customers would thus be misled into believing that the doctors are in charge of and responsible for the treatments of the clinics.

Aside from the use of misleading information, the sting operation uncovered other questionable practices, such as doctors creating so-called professional certificates to help sell beauty machines and devices and asking for commissions from beauty clinics, Yuen said.

The five concerned doctors are not first-time offenders.

They include, Jeremy Kwok Yam-tat, former chairman of the Association of Doctors in Aesthetic Medicine, and Sandy Wang I-sing, who violated the code of conduct when she was employed as a doctor at the Be A Lady Holdings beauty clinic.

Wang told The Standard that she had asked NuMe Aesthetic Medical and Surgical Center for clarification relating to the advertisement.

Wang said she is not engaged in any wrongdoing and questioned Yuen's motive.

Controversy engulfed aesthetic medicine when a woman died of blood poisoning after receiving beauty treatments through DR Group in 2012.

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