We are asking the government to commit to three things:
We believe that there can no longer be any delay in diagnosing mental illness, given the lives that can be
Dear Rt Hon Boris Johnson and Rt Hon Matt Hancock
We are writing to you following the conclusion of the inquest around the deaths of; Averil Hart, Amanda Bowles, Maria Jakes, Emma Brown and Madeline Wallance on Friday 6 November and following the recent communications with Hope Virgo regarding her petition to #DumpTheScales.
Whilst we are grateful for the funding that you have put aside for eating disorder treatment, we wanted to express our disappointment that you have not yet found time to meet with Hope Virgo, other industry experts, and that there has been no timeline put in place to support not just the #DumpTheScales campaign but also the wider work being done to tackle eating disorders across our country. As you are aware eating disorders affect over 1.6 million people and hold the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.
This campaign is asking to make access to treatment for eating disorders not about the weight or the BMI of the person, but their individual needs. We understand the significant pressures on Government and NHS resources at this difficult time, and so are not requesting more funding at present rather looking at the wider education of the NHS, of medical students, and to bring an end to the postcode lottery for support. The Coroner's verdict for the deaths of the five women from their eating disorders highlighted the real inadequacy of care and treatment. This is not just something that happened to these 5 young women but is something that happens across the country every day.
We want to see better communications, improved training, effective leadership and a timeline for implementation.
We believe this Government has the ability to change so many lives for the better through this course of action, and through taking clear leadership. This is about creating a system that is accessible for everyone with an eating disorder, rather than those who are suffering forced into a crisis point before they get the help they deserve. In 2020, no one should be dying from an eating disorder in the UK, but the reality is, this is still happening each day.
We are urging you to revisit this issue, and we are requesting you to:
We look forward to hearing from you.