It is our understanding that within the next two years, the NHS has to make savings of around twenty billion pounds.  The reforms to save costs include giving G.P's control of their own budget, condensing services and closing hospital departments.  This at a time when many people are already feeling the effects of existing cuts made.  Mental health is suffering with many day centres and support services closing, and yet millions of pounds is being spent by the NHS in correcting botched plastic surgery that has been carried out abroad.

In 2010 the government deregulated the provision of non-surgical procedures.  They were no longer supervised by the Care Standards Commission.  Cost to the NHS covering errors in the private sector is estimated in the region of two million pounds plus and repairing disfigurements caused significant increases in this cost.  If we are to have a private sector in cosmetic procedure it should be fully private.

Surgical holidays have become popular with "all inclusive" deals, i.e. travel, hotel and a type of surgery. According to a consultant plastic surgeon and Chairman of BAPRAS Clinical Effectiveness Comittee, "people go abroad thinking they are getting a better deal but when things go wrong the NHS is expected to pick up the pieces".  There is no clear policy in place stating when the NHS should and shouldn't treat these patients who have elected to have surgery abroad.

Research recently published in the 'Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery' found most patients needed corrective surgery after breast augmentation which is the most popular cosmetic operation, followed by 24% needing help after a tummy tuck, then 15% after actual breast reduction, with 10% of patients having face or neck lifts are left with problems.  Responsibility for the aftercare of cosmetic surgery carried out privately in this country lies with the plastic surgeon carrying out the procedure, but often it is not the case with surgery abroad, therefore these cases look to the NHS to provide the aftercare or corrective procedure when things have gone wrong which obviously takes resources away from other patients.

The NHS should put these misspent millions of pounds into the treatment of bonafide patients desperately needing care and attention.  Essential operations and services should not be put under threat by the misuse of taxpayers money on treating botched operations performed abroad for reasons of vanity rather than necessity.




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