Dear NHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group,
I am investigating how accessible it is to get breast reduction surgery on a non-cosmetic basis through the NHS.
Please can you provide me with the following information:
Do you fund breast reduction surgery at all? If you do, what criteria do you follow to determine who gets it? (Muscular pain, skin irritation or infections, etc.)
How long is the waiting time for patients to get assessed by a surgeon after they've been referred by their GP, if they are thought to be eligible for the surgery?
How long is the waiting time for a panel of representatives to review the case after a patient has been assessed by a surgeon?
How many cases for breast reduction surgery have you reviewed in the last 10 years, and how many of these have been successful, with a breakdown of each year and patient age?
What options do you offer patients if they are unsuccessful in getting breast reduction surgery through the NHS?
Dear Ms Campuzano
RE: Freedom of Information Request
I am writing to formally acknowledge your request for information
regarding funding for breast reduction surgery which will be processed
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm your request was
received on 12 November 2018 by NEL on behalf of the Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) listed below. The references for your requests
are shown alongside.
NHS Redbridge CCG FOI.18.RED185
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information you have requested is held by the CCGs and if so, whether it
can be released in accordance with the legislation.
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