Josie Cunningham 'To Sue NHS Over £4,800 Breast Enlargement Operation'
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By Sara C Nelson
Posted: 28/07/2013 11:42 BST | Updated: 28/07/2013 13:57 BST
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A wannabe glamour model who had a £4,800 tax payer-funded breast enlargement, says she plans to sue the NHS for making them too big and thus “ruining her life”.
Josie Cunningham went from a size 32A to a 36DD following the surgery at St James’ Hospital in Leeds in January.
Despite speaking of her new-found confidence after the operation, the
23-year-old now says she was rushed through the surgery and is seeking
compensation for clinical negligence and emotional distress.
Josie Cunningham went from a size 32A to a 36DD in a £4,800 NHS operation
“I’m going to take them for every penny”, the mother-of-two exclusively told The Sun.
“I want in excess of £10,000. Anything I can get over that is a bonus,” she added.
The hospital told the newspaper it would be “inappropriate” to comment on Cunningham’s case.
The part-time sales assistant was greeted with a barrage of abuse for earlier thanking Britain’s taxpayers after going under the knife, claiming: “I couldn’t have done it without you”.
Cunningham had earlier thanked the taxpayer for funding her £4,800 boob job but now says she intends to sue the NHS
Posing topless for the first time in The Sun in March, she added: “I
could never have felt so confident about showing off my body if it
wasn’t for the support I’ve had from the NHS.”
Yet despite initially claiming she had been “inundated” with further
offers to model, Cunningham revealed she is not happy with her new bust
and wants smaller implants.
Speaking earlier this month, she told Closer Magazine:
“They’re making my working life difficult. They’re so big I find them
embarrassing and I don’t feel I can do any modelling because they’ve
attracted so much negative attention.”
Cunningham, who says she has a medical condition which means she had no natural breast tissue, had hoped to be “the next Katie Price”.
But her NHS-funded glamour modelling aspirations appeared to fall
flat, with online commenters variously branding her “a despicable
insect”, “ignorant”, “ugly” and “deluded”.
The Mystery Man
I'm disgusted that Josie Cunningham got 36DD boobs on the #NHS
Take her to a Cancer ward & ask if it was money well spent.
A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “This is a waste of NHS
cash and taxpayers will be stunned that they have been landed with the
“The NHS is there for people with serious medical needs, not as a means of helping wannabes who fancy a career in modelling.
“NHS bosses must not allow the system to be manipulated by people
wanting cosmetic surgery merely to enhance their career prospects.”
According to the NHS, just over 10,000 women had breast implant surgery in 2011 for cosmetic purposes.
Online literature says: "Most
women who have breast implants pay to have the operation done
privately; the NHS rarely funds cosmetic breast implant surgery."