A group representing 200 nurses in Quebec who work in medical aesthetics are stepping up their fight against the Quebec College of Physicians.

The nurses have sent a lawyer’s letter stating they are furious about new rules that force patients to get a doctor’s prescription before receiving Botox injections starting May 1.

“We are demanding that the College suspend the new rules that abolish the collective prescriptions,” said Louise St-Aubin, president of the Regroupement des infirmiers et infirmières entrepreneurs du Québec (RIIEQ).

Currently, patients wanting Botox or other injectable products can see a dermatologist, plastic surgeon or registered nurse who has a collective prescription from a doctor.

The College changed the rules after discovering that some collective prescriptions were made by doctors who had no knowledge in the field.