London, July 6: A total of 647 British girls aged 15 to 18 have undergone state-funded breast reduction surgery in the past five years, a media report said Friday.
Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott said the surgeries, which cost around 5,000 pounds each, were often a waste of precious funds of the National Health Service, The Sun reported.
She said it was due to women’s “obsession with physical perfection”.
“An obsession with physical perfection is driving women. Society needs to debate whether scarce NHS resources are best spent on a 15-year-old who has convinced herself her breasts are too big” Abbott said.
However, a total of 359 women in their 70s also had the surgery, according to official statistics.
In total, 21,328 women had reductions between 2006 and 2011.