Here’s an job advert I won’t be applying for

“Channel Four television is looking for a Sex In The City style female GP or other Medical Professional to present a new prime time glossy series on Cosmetic Surgery.

The series is currently untitled, but it’s a transformational show that looks at the modern breakthrough’s in beauty and the very latest innovations. Our new medical presenter will help women on the show navigate through all their options on the market, as well as offering advice and help in the world of cosmetic procedures and treatments available.

It would be fabulous to hear from you if you think you fit the bill. You don’t need to be a cosmetic surgery specialist but should be excited about the advances in the areas and the latest procedures on the market. Maybe you’ve had surgery yourself or would never say never to Botox, Chemical Peels or surgery yourself?

We have a tight deadline and looking to chat to possible individuals on the telephone initially as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on the telephone number below between 10am – 5:30pm.”

In short; will the public get fair unbiased information (especially about the lack of positive long term outcomes and higher risk of body dysmorphia in those seeking surgery) from a program set up like this?



6 Responses to “Here’s an job advert I won’t be applying for”

  1. Michael FitzPatrick October 11, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks for putting this advert up, I too am concerned about the possible negative aspects of this show. Previous Channel 4 productions often fail to mention the complications of surgery in anything but the most cursory manner. Pain, infection, allergic reaction, post-operative pneumonia, VTE and, importantly, poor surgical results, are generally not discussed. This is before we discuss the evidence base for such procedures or the rights and wrongs of marketing cosmetic surgery.

    They clearly want a show with the style and level of objectivity found in a glossy magazine. A ‘prime time glossy series’ presented by a token ‘Sex in the City style’ doctor who would ‘never say never’ to cosmetic procedures? It does not sound like they plan to explore any of the key issues with any real detail.

    I very much hope that this show will not count towards their quota of ‘educational programming’ as a public service broadcaster.

  2. susan bewley October 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    can you give us the phone number or an address to complain to? They clearly aren’t looking for medical advice, just a semblance of ‘imprimateur’. I’d like to write a complaint to channel 4 (copy GMC) just to get their view on the potential for professional misconduct by taking part.

  3. ian stevens October 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Margaret ,
    why is it that some GP’s are involved with cosmetic medicine i.e. Botox – vain people wanting crows feet and other aspects of their facial muscles tampered with is hardly ‘good medicine’ …maybe my ideas of what medicine is about is rather naive in this era?


  4. Jess Madge October 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Is “transformational” an attempt at a posh word for “makeover” ? It would not be the first time that cosmetic surgery has been used for entertainment. The programme called something like “look 10 yrs younger” used to take smokers (usually) with awful skin and teeth and do skin peels and cosmetic dentistry on them. Very little mention of how they got in that state in the first place.

  5. Derek Tunnicliffe October 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Response to Ian. As I mentioned in an earlier reply, there appear to be many doctors who, once qualified, wish to follow Tom Lehrer, by specialising in “disease of the rich”. Or, maybe nowadays that should read “wannabe’s”?

    NB I write as a ‘wrinkly’!

  6. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney October 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    it’s the problem that they want a DOCTOR, a GMC registered doctor, to add some kind of authority to the show. I don’t think that’s how registration should be used, personally.