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Unqualified ‘nurse’ runs botox clinic in her front room

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A woman, claiming to be an aesthetics nurse practitioner, has been detected as being unqualified to carry out Botox procedures. 49-year-old Marie McGinty was flagged up by a BBC investigation as being unqualified to provide Botox and dermal filler treatments. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has supported this claim, saying she is not registered as a qualified nurse in their records.

According to promotional material, Ms McGinty set up Cosmetics Liverpool Limited in 2012, with clinics running in North West and North Wales. Her website claims that she provides “skin rejuvenation” through anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. These injections contain Botox, an extremely powerful drug that requires prescription following assessment by a doctor, dentist, or nurse.

“almost like blisters”

One of Ms McGinty’s clients, who chose to remain anonymous, said that she presumed that Cosmetics Liverpool Limited was providing a specialist service. However, she said that the Botox injections were carried out in Ms McGinty’s front room. The woman said: “I could see instantly it was lumpy, then a few hours later it was almost like blisters. It progressively got worse and then it didn’t improve and looked like a mess.

It is not certain where Ms McGinty sources her Botox, but following the investigation, it was discovered that it could be purchased with ease online. Campaign groups such as ‘Save Face’ have attempted to compose an accredited list of over 300 registered doctors, dentists and nurses to protect people from illegitimate providers. The British Association of Dermatologists has demanded that an official register of practitioners is drawn up.

Ms McGinty has refused all comment on the case and has since moved her business address.

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