UK Health Secretary calls halt on Cosmetic Surgery on the NHS

Cosmetic Surgery is gaining popularity year on year among both men and women in the UK with people using it as a means of improving their physical appearance and boosting their self-confidence. Not everyone has booked in with a private provider however, with official figures showing that at the start of 2014, a whopping 8,000 people have had “Tummy Tucks” (or Abdominoplasty) on the NHS during the last six years. Now the UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt says it has to stop and that NHS-funded Cosmetic Surgery should be undertaken only in circumstances where there is a clinical need. He told The Independent: “We should not be doing cosmetic work on the NHS. The decisions are taken on the basis of clinical need, bit I have made it very clear that I am against purely cosmetic work.” This comes in the aftermath of statistics being released which show that Cosmetic Surgery funded by the NHS has cost UK taxpayers over £50 million since 2008, with the number of NHS Tummy Tuck procedures rising by six per cent in 2012 to 1,051. Hunt continued: “There will be times when there is a mental health need, which the local doctor has said is very serious. But I do completely understand people’s reservations about some of the things that happen”. What is your opinion on NHS-funded Cosmetic Surgery? Should it be allowed to continue or should it be reserved for those with a clinical need only? Send us a tweet with your thoughts.