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Glamour model who had £5,000 boob job on the NHS facing huge backlash as she's now asking the taxpayer for a REDUCTION

Yahoo Lifestyle
9 July 2013

A glamour model who hit the headlines after having her breasts enlarged on the NHS is facing a huge backlash as she's now decided she wants them REDUCED - for free.

Josie Cunningham, 23, says her boobs are now too big and they’re making her working life ‘difficult.’

The single mother-of-two had her bust increased from a 32A to a 36DD in an operation that cost the taxpayer £4,800.

That was after she begged the NHS for the enlargement because she said she was being bullied for her flat chest.

Now, the Leeds-born mum has changed her tune and claims her new boobs are making her self-conscious – and struggling to find modelling work.

“They’re making my working life difficult,” Josie told Closer magazine.

“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.

“I’m thinking about having a reduction on the NHS.”

Josie had the enlargement on the NHS because she was born with no breast tissue – and was soon placed on the waiting list as she couldn’t afford to pay for it herself.

“I was so desperate to feel womanly – my boobs didn’t even grow when I was pregnant – but I couldn’t afford to pay for it myself as I was only earning a minimum wage in telesales,” she said.

“I was refused a loan and my family couldn’t help. So the NHS was my only hope.”

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At first, the retail worker was pleased with her boob job and famously said to taxpayers: "I couldn’t have done it without you."

But the comments meant she received a barrage of abuse on the streets and on social networking sites.

“People followed me in the street, shouting: ‘We want our money back, s**g.’ It was so upsetting. I was getting loads of abuse through Facebook, too,” she said.

At the time of the aspiring glamour model’s operation in March, a spokesman for the Taxpayers Alliance sounded appalled by the news.

 “This is a waste of NHS cash and taxpayers will be stunned that they have been landed with the bill,” said the spokesperson.

“The NHS is there for people with serious medical needs, not as a means of helping wannabes who fancy a career in modelling.”

But even if Josie hopes for a breast reduction on the NHS – is that realistically possible after they’ve already paid for her to get them enlarged?

“It’s unlikely someone would be considered for a breast reduction after an enlargement, but if they passed certain criteria, including psychological tests, there is a chance they’d receive surgery,” Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical consultant for Patient.co.uk told Closer.

Should Josie have a breast reduction on the NHS? Tell us over on Twitter now.

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