Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse led a debate in Parliament today exploring the steps needed to reduce the stigma around eating disorders.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Bath called on Government to do everything they can to remove barriers to treatment, and tackle the average 27 week wait time between contact with a GP, and the start of treatment.
Wera Hobhouse said:
“Clearly we need to demand better. It is obvious that with services there is a complete postcode lottery in regard to quality of care, and that people are having to travel too far for treatment and wait too long to be treated.
“Liberal Democrats are calling on Ministers to ensure all young people can access Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services up to the age of 25. This is crucial in ensuring vulnerable young adults are given the support they so desperately need.
“Equally, it is not just the Government who should act to tackle eating disorders. Each and every one of us can help by talking about them and breaking the stigma.”