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MP calls for specialist service to help young people with eating disorders in Cumbria

September 28, 2018 3:13 PM

Local MP Tim Farron is urging health bosses to invest in specialist services to help young people with eating disorders in Cumbria.

Currently the specialist service only exists for adults. People under the age of 18 get treatment from excellent, committed, professionals, but it is not a specialist service - and so our young people are losing out.

Back in February 2016, the Government paid what was Cumbria CCG £5m to be used to create a bespoke county-wide one-to-one eating disorder service.

However, two and a half years later and there is still no sign of such a service being provided.

Tim has written to local NHS bosses urging them to get on with commissioning this much needed service.

Tim said: "I've seen an increasing number of parents that come to me who just can't get the right treatment for their kids who have eating disorders.

"There is a desperate need out there for a specialist service but sadly those parents continue to be let down by the decision makers.

"We know that there can be tragic consequences if the proper support isn't there, so it's absolutely critical that we put the pressure on health bosses to provide a specialist service for our young people."