A woman says a doctor told her she has “lovely breasts” during a consultation to get a reduction leaving her stunned.
Victoria Gilbert, 28, said she visited her GP for a check-up in March last year and explained how her 8lb breasts cause chronic back pain and red welts on her skin.
She asked to get a reduction for health reasons but says was shocked to hear that the doctor believed she did not need to get the procedure.
The GP reportedly told her that her 34HH breasts are “lovely” and that many other women would pay for a bigger bust like hers.
Before the visit, Victoria had already asked other GPs about reduction surgery over the past 10 years.
However, she had just been advised to lose weight – and when she lost some weight, she was eventually offered physio.
But even after losing two-and-a-half stone in 2016, her breast size went up, so she started looking at options to get the reduction surgery done privately in the UK.
Victoria, from Brentford, West London, said: “I’d made a comment along the lines of ‘I don’t like my boobs, they’re just a bit too big’ and that’s when she looked at me and she said ‘but they’re lovely, people would pay thousands [for them].
“I know women that have paid thousands to have breasts like yours. Don’t get a reduction, they’re lovely.
“There’s a tone in women’s voices where it’s like ‘oh I’m just trying to make you feel better’ but it wasn’t that.
“It was very serious, almost like she was disappointed that I was thinking of making them smaller.
“I was just shocked it was a woman and a professional saying it to me and didn’t say anything.”
Victoria said she was surprised to hear the comment from a professional woman, adding she felt “really, really angry and hurt”.
She explained: “It made me think ‘how am I going to get this breast reduction if the person that I need to go to to help me get it done doesn’t believe I should have one?’.”
Victoria, who lives with social media marketing partner Oscar Stockdale, 25, approached her GP 10 years ago to see if she could get a reduction on the NHS.
She has been suffering with breast-related issues since puberty and, apart from physical pain, suffered as other kids teased her.
She said: “At school I remember mostly girls being mean. Girls would shame and bully me and boys would harass me online for pictures.
“Due to this I suffer with body dysmorphia, I look at myself and see a monster.
“I refused to do dance and PE, which was quite sad because I used to love dance as a kid.
“I felt very self-conscious and very embarrassed. I just felt gross, I never had a bra that kept me in properly.”
Her breast size has caused her back pain during the years and this has been made even worse by the fact that she works in retail.
She is now fundraising to get the surgery done privately.
Victoria said: “After 14 years of crying, aching and hating myself I now believe my best option is to seek private health care.
“I didn’t even think of fundraising for it myself, it was a friend who suggested it. I find it very hard asking for help but after a few months that suggestion was rattling around in my brain.
“Between that and what that female doctor said to me I just thought ‘maybe I should just give it a go and see what happens’.
“I’ve done some research and also spoken to a clinic in London, they said it would be between £6,500 and £7,500.
“It would be a life-changing operation for me, I look at them and I’m grossed out by them.
“It will feel like I can just do all sorts of things and not worry about my boobs getting in the way.
“My back won’t hurt from doing something for too long and I’ll just be able to look at myself in the mirror and like how I look.
“Oscar is wonderful, he said if he had the money he would just pay for it in one go. He loves my body as it is but he also completely gets it.
“He’s not in love with my boobs, he’s in love with me.”
A spokesperson for the NW London CCGs in relation to the doctor’s recent alleged comment regarding Victoria’s breasts, said: “Neither the CCG or the practice have had direct correspondence from Ms Gilbert on this matter. The practice would welcome the opportunity to hear and respond to Ms Gilbert’s concerns directly.
“We expect all our GPs to practise in accordance with the GMC guide on Good Medical Practice for example, adequately assessing a patient’s condition, treating them as individuals and respecting their dignity.”
A spokesperson for NHS Dorset CCG in relation to Victoria’s claims of a decade of repeat visits to doctors regarding breast reductions, said: “We’re sorry to hear of this experience and would urge anyone who is unhappy with services they receive to contact us directly to discuss the issue.
“Treatments and surgeries of these kinds are handled on a case by case basis set against key criteria which is outlined in our policies.
“We are always more than happy to listen to concerns and take action if required.”
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