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27/03/2013 19:30 | By Jess Edwards, lifestyle editor, MSN Her

Aspiring glamour model has boob job on the NHS

Josie Cunningham has caused outrage by admitting that she had a breast enhancement on the National Health Service.


Josie Cunningham (© Ken McKay, Rex Features, Facebook)

Josie Cunningham, a 22-year-old aspiring glamour model who got a £4,800 boob job on the NHS, has appeared on Daybreak today to defend herself.

Josie claims that being flat-chested was causing her serious emotional distress and 'ruining her life' and it was because of these reasons that the NHS agreed to foot the bill for her enhancement. She also admitted that wanting a career as a glamour model was "always at the back of my mind".

She told The Sun: "My new boobs have changed my life. Now I can’t wait to do topless and swimsuit photo shoots and become the new Katie Price."

The rules for breast enhancement surgery aren't completely clear, with no national guidelines from the NHS on when an operation is justified. Instead, it is up to each local health trust to decide whether an operation should go ahead or not, and in this case, Josie's Primary Care Trust in Leeds gave the green light.

Unsurprisingly, the young model's story has been met with outrage by some. Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: "This is an outrageous waste of NHS money and taxpayers will be appalled that they are having to foot the bill", the Mail Online reports.

He goes on to say: "People expect scarce NHS resources to be used to help people with serious medical needs, not to subsidise anyone who fancies a career as a glamour model."

And Twitter has been awash with disbelief, too:

‏@r_fielding: "If only I'd known about Josie Cunningham before my dissertation deadline. A prime eg. of the naive belief that sexualised = empowerment"

‏@adam_horton89:  "The NHS is there for people with serious medical needs, not for wannabe  models to enhance their career prospects. #JosieCunningham"

‏@GuessWhoMan: "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."

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