NHS looking to cut free nose jobs and tummy tucks

08 February 2011

The NHS is looking to cut the number of surgical procedures it carries out such as non-essential nose jobs and tummy tucks, in a bid to save money. The recession means that local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) across the UK are looking at ways to reduce costs without cutting back on essential healthcare services. Manchester PCT has recently introduced a system that will sift through all GP referrals and deny cosmetic treatments such as tummy tucks and nose jobs which have not been advised as a way of treating a medical problem or condition. Liam McGrogan, chair of NHS Manchester’s Clinic Commissioning Committee, said: “It is ensuring that public money is only used to pay for treatment which is clinically effective”. Before these cuts were introduced, rhinoplasty (nose job) operations and other plastic surgery procedures were carried out for free by the NHS for those people with a medical need. Some cosmetic procedures were also carried out for those who were believed to be suffering serious emotional distress as a direct result of the way they looked.