NHS foots the bill for cosmetic surgery ops3rd December 2008
Plastic surgeons say the NHS is bearing the cost of cosmetic surgery performed abroad that has gone wrong.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) said many patients were turning to the NHS for follow-up care.
More than 200 NHS surgeons were questioned in a poll that showed that more than a third were aware of cases where complications followed treatment abroad.
With an estimated 100,000 people annually heading abroad for cheap cosmetic surgery, BAPRAS has warned British patients to take care when considering such treatment overseas.
BAPRAS said complications included blood poisoning, wound infections and blood clots, as well as patients who were not happy with the results with many people turning to the NHS for remedial treatment.
It also said it believed patients should be made to pay for rectifying treatment except where there was a life life-threatening situation or if the patient was suffering from acute pain.
Spokesman Hamish Laing said: "There are patients who are having operations they couldn't normally have had on the NHS and we don't think it's right that we should be having to take up resources that should be used for reconstructive plastic surgery in the NHS to sort out these problems."
The British Medical Association said it was against patients being barred from NHS care and the Patients Association agreed it would be wrong to withhold treatment.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said it had already made clear the NHS was only there to deal with emergencies in such cases.
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Title: NHS foots the bill for cosmetic surgery ops
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 9437
Date Added: 3rd Dec 2008