Cosmetic clinics have been giving patients letters which allow them pass Garda checkpoints if they are travelling more than 5km from home for Botox.
The letters deem that their trip is medically necessary even though the appointments consist of Botox, lip fillers and other cosmetic treatments.
According to the Sunday World, there is a loophole in the law which allows aesthetic clinics to legally operate, as they claim to be carrying out “necessary medical procedures” with “injectables.”
Sculpture Clinic primarily offers Botox, they have clinics in Dublin, Cork and Tipperary.
It has been confirmed that they can provide a letter to clients which allows them to travel outside their 5km zone.
They email the letter to the client which includes information of the doctor providing the service and the time the consultation is to take place.
It does not mention what the procedure is.
The clinic has had no issues with the letter in relation to the Gardai, with a receptionist saying: “That’s the one we give to our clients, they produce the letter at any checkpoints and there have been no issues.”
Social Democrats leader and health spokesperson, Róisín Shortall blasted the situation as “unbelievable”.
She said: “It is really unbelievable that there are still people attending Botox clinics when the vast majority of these treatments are cosmetic and non-essential.
“Meanwhile, there are reports that reconstructive surgeries following mastectomies have been put on pause. What does it say about the strategy behind current restrictions, where someone can get a cosmetic treatment but not reconstruction following a life- altering surgery?
“There needs to be tighter monitoring with deliberate consideration behind what is and is not allowable.”
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has vowed to review the definition of essential medical treatments in light of the reveleations.
He said: “I understand that the administration of essential medical treatments is allowed for under Level 5 and that Botox is used as a treatment in a number of medical conditions.
“I do not believe that consultations for its use as a cosmetic treatment are in any way appropriate at this time and I will liaise with the Department of the Taoiseach in relation to the definition of essential services.
“In the meantime I would suggest that those engaging in practices that do not reflect the spirit of staying at home except for essential reasons should stop.”
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