Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 1st March 2022.
What can the Mayor do to ensure that the NHS is funding and resourcing eating disorder services to meet the adequate demand, for both children and adults?
Funding and resourcing of eating disorder services is decided by the NHS and health and care partners. I continue to meet regularly with senior healthcare leaders to champion and challenge them to provide the high-quality care Londoners deserve. Across London, work is being undertaken to maintain the 95% NHS waiting time standard for both urgent and routine eating disorder cases and ensure there is sufficient service capacity to support the increased demand.
Whilst I have no statutory powers to decide on treatment services themselves, I have funded wellbeing resources that support Londoners with eating disorders. Last year I invested £70,000 in expanding Good Thinking’s digital mental health support offer to young Londoners, including information, advice and support for young people, parents and carers affected by an eating disorder. I am also ensuring that London’s Youth Mental Health First Aiders are offered training around eating disorders.