It’s nice to see the good work done by plastic surgeons recognised. Each and every fully qualified and certified plastic surgeon was trained in the NHS. Every year the NHS saves lives, improves lives and prolongs lives, and plastic surgery is a big part of that. Outward appearance and the functionality of movement is a massive part of our everyday job in mgs hospitals up and down the country.
The skills we learn in the NHS (often doing work that is unique in its complexity and circumstance) makes us better surgeons. It allows us to understand the body intimately and in much greater detail.
This is one of the reasons common thinking is to go to an NHS surgeon who works in private practice.
I have held a senior position at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a number of years, for which I am very proud. The work we do there is very challenging and we are very proud of the department which I have led in the past.
However, we should not ignore the private sector. Lives are changed there too. Plastic surgery should not be dismissed for only the vain as it is so much more than that. It changes lives. It improves lives, just as it did back in the war, albeit on a much more tragic level.