Boob jobs and Vi­a­gra for axe

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E -

BOOB jobs and Vi­a­gra could be axed ac­cord­ing to plans by health chiefs.

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG bosses are plan­ning to slash fund­ing a raft of treat­ments as they bat­tle a £10m bud­get black hole.

Op­er­a­tions to re­duce the size of women’s breasts or to cor­rect breasts that are not sym­met­ri­cal, as well as gy­nae­co­mas­tia, which treats en­larged breasts in men, could also be cut.

Treat­ments that could also be axed in­clude hair re­moval treat­ment and all pro­ce­dures that are “pri­mar­ily for cos­metic pur­poses”. The plans also pro­pose:

Stop fund­ing surgery to re­move be­nign skin le­sions such as pig­mented mole or a skin tag, when there is no sus­pi­cion of can­cer.

Cut treat­ment for re­mov­ing ear wax

Stop of­fer­ing cer­tain or­thopaedic surgery in­clud­ing shoul­der arthroscopy and Dupuytren’s Con­trac­ture

Re­duce fund­ing for knee re­place­ments and hip in­jec­tions to re­duce pain and swelling

Stop fund­ing drug treat­ment for erec­tile dys­func­tion

Stop fund­ing Per­cu­ta­neous pos­te­rior tib­ial nerve stim­u­la­tion (PTNS) for uri­nary and fae­cal in­con­ti­nence.

The list is on top of plans to slash fund­ing In vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion (IVF), as re­vealed in the Ex­press last week.

Read­ers have mixed opin­ions on Face­book about the pro­pos­als.

Tracy Newn­ham said: “I be­lieve that any surgery un­less ei­ther life threat­en­ing or from se­vere in­jury shouldn’t be avail­able on the NHS.”

Deb­o­rah Day said: “We have got­ten very used to hav­ing what­ever we want on tap with­out ever ex­pect­ing to pay more for it but the NHS can­not carry on giv­ing more and more, so it’s now try­ing to pri­ori­tise which ser­vices are more nec­es­sary than oth­ers. It’s tough, I wouldn’t like to have to

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