Nose jobs and breast implants may be axed by NHS on Fylde coast

A generic photo of a woman lying with markings on her face in preparation for cosmetic surgery (Pic: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos)
A generic photo of a woman lying with markings on her face in preparation for cosmetic surgery (Pic: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos)

Cosmetic surgery will no longer be funded by the NHS in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre unless there is a medical need for it, new draft plans have revealed.

It means operations such as nose jobs and breast implants will no longer by ‘routinely funded’, but skin grafts and reconstructive surgery would still be offered.

A 12-week consultation on the cash-saving plan has been launched, with drop-in sessions set to be held to get people’s views.

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP and clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, which pays for residents’ healthcare, said: “We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent way while also taking into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCGs is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.”

People living in Fylde and Wyre can complete the survey by visiting www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/say-clinical-policy-reviews while those in Blackpool should visit www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/harmonisation