GPs should not refer women who are well but worried for female genital cosmetic surgery on the NHS, say experts.Well, duh!
Specialists at a Central London teaching hospital say they received 30 such referrals, mainly from family doctors, over the past three years.Sorry, why? Don’t they do five years at medical school? How hard can it be?
This included eight schoolgirls - one as young as 11 - the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reports.
Experts say doctors need clear guidance on how best to care for women who mistakenly believe they need surgery.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons says medics need to determine whether a problem exists or whether an alternative solution may be preferable, but offers no advice on how to judge the problem, say the researchers from University College London's Women's Health Institute.If it’s not an actual clinical problem, what sort of advice should you need?
They say it may be simpler to ban the procedure in the NHS altogether, leaving it to private practices.Well, I’m all for this on cost grounds, actually, but then what about those who do have a real, clinical problem? Where do they go?
I mean, good grief, why is it so bloody hard for supposed ‘professionals’ to just do the damned job they are paid for?
Dr Sarah Creighton and colleagues believe the future demand for so-called "designer vagina" operations or labial reductions is potentially infinite and is driven by society's wider and growing desire for cosmetic surgery in general and changing expectations about what is a desirable appearance for women.Yes, you can certainly blame the media and women’s magazines and fads started by the permatanned chavs of Essex and Cheshire for the desire for such surgery.
But you can’t blame the GPs’ reluctance to address those issues with their patients, and to send them for unnecessary and costly surgery on the NHS, on that.