Eating Disorders

I recognise the huge pain and distress caused by eating disorders. I have dealt with cases through my office and I know eating disorders often prove to be family, as well as personal, tragedies if left untreated. I understand that NHS England has set an ambitious new access standard, by 2020 95 per cent of patients are to be treated within four weeks of their first contact with a healthcare professional.

Urgent cases will be treated within one week, and the worst emergency cases in children should find support within 24 hours. In May 2017, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published its updated guidelines on eating disorders, covering a range of age groups, including adults. The government is investing an additional £30 million per year to improve community care for eating disorders, which has funded 67 new or extended community eating disorder teams across England.

I am pleased to say that the clinical guidelines put forward by NICE have recommended that patients should be treated at an age appropriate facility, which will ensure patients are cared for in the most comfortable environment possible. Additionally, I understand more money is being invested in wider mental health care than ever before, with over £1 billion extra funding into crisis care, as well as £1.4 billion devoted to transforming mental health and eating disorder services for children and young people over the next five years.

I regularly meet and discuss these issues with Milton Keynes CCG and Central and North West London NHS Trust and will continue to do so over the coming months and years. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.