Thank you to those who have contacted me about eating disorders in adults, and waiting times for support.
Early intervention is absolutely vital in the fight against eating disorders and everyone with an eating disorder must have access to timely treatment. That is why I am glad that an ambitious new access standard is being introduced, aiming for 95 per cent of children (up to 19 years old) with eating disorders to receive treatment within a week for urgent cases and four weeks for routine cases by 2020. I am pleased the latest quarterly figures on waiting times indicate the NHS is on track to meet this target.
In 2014, the Government announced that it would invest £150 million to expand eating disorder community-based care, and I welcome that as a result 70 new or extended community services are now either open or in development. This means that at least 3,350 children and young people a year will receive swift, effective eating disorder treatment in the community.
Eating disorders are an acutely distressing mental illness but with the right approach, and appropriate investment, I am confident that the Government will be able to offer help, care, and a full recovery to all those who suffer from eating disorders.