On the 10 November, the Social Costs of Eating Disorders was launched in Parliament which showed that eating disorders cost £9.4billion in 2020. The Minister said that she was keen to work with others to ensure that there was a strategy, and a time frame in place, but nothing has been done to follow this up. What is being done in London to ensure that we are meeting the demand of those struggling and affected by this deadly illness? Have you met with Hope Virgo, Founder of #DumpTheScales, who hosted this event to get a briefing on the strategy she has developed alongside other experts?
An increased demand for eating disorder services is deeply concerning.
Although I am not responsible for health and care services, including eating disorder treatment, I will continue to use my role as Mayor to call for equal and improved provision of and access to services across London to meet demand.
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.
The #DumpTheScales campaign has done much to raise awareness on this important issue.