Some days back I lamented that I had been posting some serious stuff and posted some light reading material.
Now this story.
I do not know whether to take this under serious stuff or funny or reflect as to what level people can degenerate into.
At this rate. some may raise funds for men to visit a Brothel!
The aspiring Model was operated upon and the NHS paid for it as it fell within the laid down Policies!
An aspiring glamour model had her breasts enlarged to size 36DD on the NHS, it emerged yesterday.
The surgery to 22-year-old Josie Cunningham, cost taxpayers £4,800.
She convinced doctors to operate by claiming her flat chest was ‘ruining her life’ and causing emotional distress.
But last night critics were appalled at the decision, branding it a waste of taxpayers’ cash. Under NHS guidelines, cosmetic surgery should be funded only in rare circumstances ‘to protect a person’s health’.
Miss Cunningham, who works in telesales, says her new breasts have given her the ‘confidence’ she needs to pursue her dream of topless modelling.
The unmarried mother, from Leeds, plans to leave her children Harley, five, and Frankie, two, with her parents while she chases her dream.
She told The Sun: ‘My new boobs have changed my life. Now I can’t wait to do topless and swimsuit photoshoots and become the new Katie Price.’
But health bosses were unable to say yesterday why such an enormous cleavage was necessary for Miss Cunningham’s wellbeing.
Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘This is an outrageous waste of NHS money and taxpayers will be appalled that they are having to foot the bill
‘People expect scarce NHS resources to be used to help people with serious medical needs, not to subsidise anyone who fancies a career as a glamour model.’
It is understood Miss Cunningham, previously a 32A, went to her GP with a ‘congenital medical condition’ which left her with no breast tissue.
She said she ‘lived in terror’ of being seen in a bikini and did not feel comfortable venturing out without a padded bra.
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‘I was never depressed about my flat chest,’ Miss Cunningham admitted. ‘I just got emotional when I was explaining to my GP that I felt I couldn’t live a full life the way I was – and he agreed to refer me.
‘They gave me a top surgeon. He said he’d have to give me 36DD implants just to achieve the appearance of a 36C, because there was literally nothing there in the first place.’
The NHS usually pays for cosmetic surgery only when it is considered necessary for health reasons. For instance it will fund breast reduction if the weight of a woman’s breasts are causing her back problems.
However, the criteria for breast enhancement are decided by each local health trust, with no national guidelines available.
In Leeds, it can be granted if the woman suffers from developmental failure, or if she has had a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
It can also be granted for women with asymmetric breasts. However, it is unclear whether there is a limit on how big the implants should be.
NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds said it could not comment on individual cases but added: ‘We would like to clarify that cosmetic surgery is not routinely funded by the NHS.’
The decision in Miss Cunningham’s case would have been made by a panel including clinicians, it said.
COSMETIC SURGERY FUNDING: HOW THE NHS DECIDES
Cosmetic procedures are not normally done on the NHS unless doctors decide there is a clinical need.
This decision is taken at a local level, by the Primary Care Trust (PCT), on the basis of reports submitted by a patient’s doctors.
PCTs set their own criteria according to what, in their view, are the health needs of the local community.
For cosmetic surgery, the usual protocol is that the PCT must decide there is some kind of clinical, ie health, need for the operation to be funded on the NHS. Simply wanting to look nicer in itself is not reason enough.
Leeds Primary Care Trust, also known as NHS Leeds, offers a list of cosmetic procedures that may be available on its website. They include breast augmentation, breast reduction, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), and rhytidectomy (wrinkle removal including face lift).
It says these may be available ‘providing certain criteria can be met’, and lists the criteria.
The criteria required for breast augmentation include suffering from certain rare syndromes, severe asymmetry (more than two cup sizes difference), or lumpectomy that results in deformity.
Rare cases, however, such as Ms Cunningham’s, have to be go through the Individual Funding Request process, in which each case is decided upon its individual merits.