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MP raises the need for specialist eating disorder service for young people in Cumbria during debate in Parliament

October 16, 2018 2:22 PM

Eating disorders debateSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron used a debate in Parliament this morning to make the case for a specialist one-to-one service for young people in Cumbria with eating disorders.

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 the then 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, the new Morecambe Bay CCG say they are still yet to commission such a service, despite one being commissioned in the north of the county.

Tim said: "There is a desperate need out there for a specialist one-to-one service but sadly parents whose children have an eating disorder 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.

"Our young people deserve better than this and we should all be demanding better for them."