The NHS has been the subject of a heated debate recently after the UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called for breast augmentations and all cosmetic surgery to be stopped on the health service.

Mr Hunt said each decision should be taken on a case by case basis and it should not be used to simply ‘improve the way someone looks’.

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Cut Spending

The Daily Mail reported on the story of Josie Cunningham who had a breast enlargement on the NHS, while a mother was refused surgery for her two year old son just a few miles away. The clampdown on NHS funded boob jobs comes at a time when the NHS has been told it needs to be more efficient and find a way to cut down spending by £20 billion.

The reason the NHS sometimes performs breast augmentation surgery is because it can be seriously damaging to a woman’s self-esteem if they have abnormally small or large breasts. This also applied to women who have undergone breast cancer treatment and may need reconstructive surgery.

A breast augmentation is not a decision that should be taken lightly, which is why patients need to have detailed consultations beforehand and discuss the operation with their surgeon. This is regardless of whether they are using a private clinic or the NHS.

Private Clinics

Private clinics like MYA encourage patients to carry out thorough research before deciding to undergo surgery. They also advise that there should be consultations, to talk through any questions or worries a patient may have before they fully decide to go for the surgery.

It may seem wasteful for the NHS to fund boob jobs, but there are some cases when people really need cosmetic surgery and there’s no way they can pay for it themselves. What about patients with a disfigurement who can’t live a normal life? Or women whose breasts are so large that they suffer from severe back pain?

Each and every case is different and so, while the NHS should definitely not use the taxpayers’ money to carry out unnecessary boob jobs, they should continue to perform cosmetic surgery for those in desperate need of it.