The Karnataka government has directed beauty clinics in the state that carry out transplants and other procedures to register themselves under Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME) act.
According to a Times of India report, the government has given a 3-month deadline to the clinics, failing of which, the clinics would be closed down.
The decision comes in the wake of the death of a medical student in Chennai due to a botched up hair transplant surgery earlier in June.
Health minister UT Khader was quoted as saying that the government has received petitions about medical negligence in the past.
“In the name of salons, centres are conducting hair transplants and other medical treatments. Till now, beauty clinics have been getting permission from BBMP to operate. Now, the clinics have to apply and register under the KPME Act. If they fail to do so in three months, they will be closed," he was quoted as saying.
Opining that the KPME act will help regulate the clinics, trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher told TOI that nobody is held accountable in a saloon if things go awry. He added that many clinics lure customers with 'miraculous treatments' which cease to work after a point of time.