The Apprentices: we’re hired
- By: Richard Thorley
Leah Totton’s scheme to establish a chain of high street cosmetic treatment clinics after her victory in the television show The Apprentice has posed several ethical dilemmas. The trivialisation of this enterprise has been condemned by plastic surgeons, although Totton seems to think that her status as a registered medical practitioner will add some repute to the world of facial fillings and skin peelings. It seems unlikely that a 25 year old foundation year doctor will revolutionise an industry that is famously unregulated, and there are other aspects of her plan that are concerning too. Having completed her postgraduate certificate in aesthetic medicine while working in Newham, she now plans to take a career break to set up her business (under the brand name Dr Leah), pursue a masters, and undertake research. Her NHS work is very much on hold.
Alan Sugar’s investment of £250 000 (€296 000, $400 000) in Totton’s company