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Report on breast reconstruction in England

 

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Report on breast reconstruction in England

A breast cancer charity is accusing CCGs of restricting access to breast reconstruction services for non-clinical reasons.

The Breast Cancer Now report, based on a freedom of information request which received responses from around a quarter of CCGs, describes the CCG policies as “totally unacceptable” and ”not in the best interest of patients”.  They include limiting the number of surgeries women are allowed, imposing a timeframe on their completion and denying “balancing surgery” to the unaffected breast to achieve symmetry with the reconstruction.