I want a full head of hearing, not half

3 08 2010

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The London Metro reported yesterday that the National Health Service (NHS) pay for hymen repair operations.

You can read the news clip here.

My friend Michele fired off this letter in response and it was published today;

I’m spitting nails after reading “surge in ‘virginity repair’ ops on the NHS. This op is stressed as not being done for cultural reasons? How many other people think otherwise? I was born deaf and was offered a cochlear implant for ONE ear on the NHS as adults in the UK only get offered one and children get two (cochlear implant gives you hearing where hearing aids have failed). So today I have a half a head of hearing, but if I break both legs in an accident is the NHS only going to fix the one leg? Or one arm? If so which arm? The reason the article on the ‘viginity repair’ in today’s Metro, dated July 30, given is for ‘physical or psychological health.’ What about my health? And also all those who with profound to severe hearing loss who NEED a cochlear implant just to survive in the daily scheme of things? Everyday we dodge traffic because we have not heard vehicles/motorbikes/ even cyclists approaching – often at speed from the side of our heads that has no hearing. At work I struggle in meetings as having only half a head of hearing means I don’t hear the whole room of speakers – the list is endless… physical exhaustion and day to day psychological health doesn’t even come close.

I genuinely struggle to understand how people who have been touched by way of choice, whether by tattoos or engaging in sex with men, can get priority on the NHS – they certainly had a choice in the matter. I didn’t have a choice in being born with a severe hearing loss.

NHS expenditure for virginity restoration for one single wedding night…  and a second cochlear implant to last a lifetime – ecomomic sense needs to prevail where you would put your money. On results that can show a lifetime value, not just one night!! In addition to a lifetime paying national insurance and taxes because you can hear better and get a better job. I never knew the NHS were keen to help lie to husbands that their new wife is in fact not a virgin… Shall I start displaying physical or psychological health problems so I can get what I NEED????

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19 responses

3 08 2010
Andy

They can pack that little lark in for starters. Also they should consider the other things they do that are not directly health related. It’s time commonsense broke out!
I was told by the surgeon last month that they don’t implant adults with two CI’s on cost grounds but they do give children two because they feel they need them more.
On longevity grounds they are better value for money 🙂

3 08 2010
LeapOfFaith

The way to solve this would be for Tesco to join up with the NHS. That way, they can offer two for the price of one with a Chicken Korma thrown in. lol

4 08 2010
Funnyoldlife

Do we get double Tesco Clubcard points with that?

3 08 2010
michele

Isn’t the government onto this old ‘agesism’ thing??? Like the anti sexism cases we see so much of late in the papers… – surely not allowing implants for adult CI wannabees we have a case to pursue?? isn’t this Agesism?? If not, then what is it? I think a visit to the Courts for my Human Rights (and all others) needs airing…do the math on the 116 ‘virgins’ getting their Designer Vaginas… calculate the costs and you’ll see how many people would have got a CI….

3 08 2010
MM

Just when you think, it can’t get any worse, they surprise you don’t they…. (I blame America myself, it must have started there…)

3 08 2010
smilingcynic

Despicible waste of state resources unless for genuine medical need. Have spoken to gyne nurse and it is occasionally necessary to repair hymen for genuine reason

3 08 2010
Fadi

Perfectly said!

4 08 2010
dia

omg that is unreal what is this world coming to ? thats a really interesting thread just cant get my head round it !!!

4 08 2010
Michele

@smilingcynic. A hymen is an appendage that isn’t required by the body anymore, like an appendix it is now redundant in today’s world. When we were running around half naked in the forest & hunting food for our survival the hymen acted as an internal covering. Today’s sterile world we have panties that does the job. So why the neccesity to repair/restore a hymen? Does this now mean that men who had their foreskins chopped off when they were 6weeks old can now claim for foreskin restoration? – after all they did not have a say in the matter…

4 08 2010
LeapOfFaith

Funnyoldlife- Sure, Club points all the way! lol

It defies belief really, oops.. it is all about someone’s belief, faith or whatever’s crack pot needs doing.

Michele- Foreskin restoration? The Jews would have something to say about that. lol

4 08 2010
Liz

After reading about this here, I totally agree with what is said, in the post by Michele. I totally feel the same way myself after reading this. I can’t even believe it’s happening. It’s wrong. Priorties have gone wrong for some time, and it needs a severe shake up.

4 08 2010
michele

perhaps I’ll go for airmiles @leapof faith!
Chicken korma is a little watered down for my taste through Tescos clubcard points …but hey but if it is two for the price of one… I’m soooo IN!!!

4 08 2010
cyborginafield

Oh that is freaking mental. Scary world.

5 08 2010
sammarcko

When did the NHS EVER make any sense at all in their decisions?
But spare a thought for those of us who live in countries where we have to pay expensive private health insurance every month off our salaries– just to be able to even afford PART OF THE COST of A SINGLE IMPLANT.
So quit moaning about the screwed priorities of the NHS. At least they pay for one implant. That’s already one more that many of us get.

5 08 2010
Andy

The reasons why people are offended are :
1. We don’t place a very high value on women being virgins on their wedding night. That sort of thing went out when I was a boy. Good riddance.
2. It is deceitful to kid a man that his partner hasn’t had sex before. This is dishonest. Not a good start to a relationship.
3. It’s a well known fact that women can lose their hymen as a result of horse riding, gymnastics and other vigorous pursuits other than sex. Nobody worries.
4. It’s insulting to women to regard them as being devalued just because they have had sex before. These are people, not cattle!

Concluding, I don’t think the NHS should waste one penny on this. Not one.

5 08 2010
5 08 2010
Michele

My point to Sammarcko is this: Unfortunately the NHS is not “free”. It is compulsory to pay National Insurance from which the NHS gets funding to supply healthcare. Don’t get me wrong I am exceedingly grateful that I have the one and I am aware of other countries that  have costly insurance for people who would have to pay or can’t afford to pay for this procedure.
I’m not going to ‘quit moaning’ because essentially I am entitled to the same help as anyone else since I am contributing to the ‘pot’, as are the many other less fortunate people than myself who are suffering from cancer, poor eyesight (and yes they do operate on one eye in this country even through the other eye needs the same procedure to stop it from going blind glory I don’t know what I’d do if that was my case). Let’s just say if your health care that you’re paying into,  decides from next month that removing tattoos takes far more priority than restoring hearing (hearing aids, cochlear implants etc ) because the people who regret having tattoos are now psychologically affected by their bad move  (who incidentially thought it would be cool to have one). I am not sure what tune you would be singing…
Well said Andy!
Aside from that I can’t imagine the romance on my first wedding night knowing that in the morning my new husband was going to check the sheets… (and not only him but his mother and extended family….poor girls the stress that they must go through!)

14 08 2010
Dr.V

I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE THIS ONE. IS THERE ANY GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO OVERSEE THE NHS ? I LIVE IN THE USA SO I DON’T KNOW. WHEN WE GET THINGS LIKE THIS OVER HERE, WE GET ALL THE AFFECTED CONSTITUENTS WE CAN TO CALL AND WRITE AND E-MAIL TO THE ELECTED OFFICIALS INVOLVED. THEY GET ALARMED WHEN MORE THAN JUST A FEW FOLKS ARE SAYING THE SAME THING, AND SO WE SOMETIMES GET ACTION. LIKE THE YANKS SAY, THE SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE OIL. EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL SHOULD GET A COPY OF THIS BLOG FROM EVERY PERSON WITH HEARING LOSS IN THE UK.

I CAN’T IMAGINE EVEN A US INSURANCE COMPANY PAYING FOR A HYMEN OP. NO, THE YOUNG LADY WANTING THIS REPAIR WOULD HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL HERSELF.

14 08 2010
Funnyoldlife

We don’t have an elected group overseeing the NHS. We did get lots of middle managers for the NHS with the last government, which is where all the cash went. Lots of paperwork but few cleaners or ward sisters on the wards. We need some oil.

You’re absolutely right. I think these young ladies should pay for this themselves. After all, it’s really only cosmetic surgery isn’t it?

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