Thank you to the constituents that have written to me regarding eating disorders. I thought it would be helpful to post my response to those here.
Eating disorders can have terrible impacts on the lives of those suffering. I share your concern that access to treatment for eating disorders has become more difficult. The Government must do everything possible to improve early intervention and treatment.
Around 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder. They are serious mental health problems which can have severe consequences. Evidence shows that the sooner someone receives treatment, the better their chances are of making a full and sustained recovery. We need to ensure that everyone knows how to spot early symptoms, equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge to make quicker referrals, and more funding so everyone receives treatment as soon as possible.
I am disappointed that the targets from the government for 95% of children and young people to be treated within four weeks is not being met. I will press the Government to fully roll-out waiting time standards for adult eating disorders and increase funding on services.
In January, the Government confirmed that Health Education England is taking forward a review of current education and training to identify gaps in diagnosing eating disorders.
Thank you for contacting me about this important issue. I will continue to press the Government to put eating disorders higher up on the agenda and set targets that will ultimately save the lives of sufferers.