Boob jobs and Viagra for axe
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