NHS blamed for rise in eating disorders
February 22, 2019
16,000 people were admitted with health problems such as anorexia and bulimia in 2017/18. The Guardian reports UK hospital admissions are struggling to cope with the highest intake of Eating Disorder patents in the last 8 years.
Some experts blame the rise on the NHS services for failing to support people with eating disorders early enough.
Chief Executive of eating Disorder charity Beat, Andrew Radford, said: ‘Rising hospital admissions show that outpatient services are failing to treat enough people with eating disorders soon enough. The government and NHS can readily address this by offering more intensive community care.’
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