NHS in Hertforshire see Steep Rise in Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

New figures show that plastic surgery operations funded by the NHS in Hertfordshire have boomed in the last three years. 

In the last financial year NHS Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has paid for more than three times as many normally-unfunded procedures including plastic or cosmetic surgery. 

During 2009 and 2010 the PCT funded 10 breast procedures including both reductions and augmentations and 20 obesity related operations.

By 2010 and 2011 this had increased to 46 breast operations and 11 abdominoplasty procedures which are more commonly known as ‘tummy tucks’.

Figures released this year now show that there have been a total of 61 breast procedures, 17 botox injections, 14 operations from vein abnormalities and a total of 15 blepharoplasty procedures (modification to the eyelid) between 2011 and 2012. 

The breast procedure statistics do not include reconstruction related to cancer. 

Funding for plastic surgery is available for patients that have suffered trauma, burns or problems resulting from medical treatment as well as cosmetic or aesthetic procedures to improve appearance. 

As a PCT the NHS in Hertfordshire receives money from the government to pay for residents health care. 

The priority of the money is for ‘clinically effective’ medicines and treatments, which are defined as those that improve people’s heath and also offer good value for money. 

Treatments that do not fall in to this bracket can get funding through application, which is known as an individual funding request (IFR).

A spokesperson for the NHS said IFRs will only be approved if there is evidence to suggest that the procedure will be of clinical benefit to the patient. 

She added, “Whilst it’s not possible to say precisely why there has been an increase in the number of breast procedures we can confirm that all those that have been approved will have met NHS Hertfordshire’s clinical eligibility criteria.”

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