Manchester PCT has introduced a treatment gateway that will scrutinise all referrals made by GPs to sift-out treatments such as Nose jobs and Tummy tucks which can cost the NHS several thousand pounds for each surgery. Speaking about the treatment gateway, Liam McGrogan, Manchester GP and chair of NHS Manchester’s Clinical Commissioning Committee, said: “It is ensuring that public money is only used to pay for treatment which is clinically effective.”
Paul Singh, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery consumer website http://www.Cosmetichealth.net, said: “While the NHS only offers Plastic Surgery to patients who have a medical need, such as recovering from an accident, illness or genetic condition, cosmetic treatments like the Rhinoplasty (nose job) and Mammaplasty (breast enlargement)
“Although, it may seem that these spending cuts will focus spending on patient care, the truth remains that for some people, displeasure in their body-shape can cause real mental problems and depression. These patients, who have a genuine case for having their cosmetic treatment done on the NHS and cannot afford to go private, may loose out and their needs will simply be ignored.”
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