Transsexuals tattoos op criticised

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A former sailor who has had a sex-change is to have her tattoos removed on the NHS because she feels “unladylike”, it has been revealed.

NHS bosses who agreed the procedure have been criticised for wasting taxpayers’ money, as thousands of nurses and doctors lose their jobs in cuts.

Tanya Bainbridge, 57, who was born Brian, wants the tattoos removed so she can wear sleeveless dresses and tops in summer. The procedure reportedly costs ?2,500.

Miss Bainbridge, who has nine children – from whom she is now estranged – by three different women, had a ?20,000 sex-change operation on the NHS in 2001 at Charing Cross Hospital in London.