Eating Disorders: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th January 2021.

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Photo of Wera Hobhouse Wera Hobhouse Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice), Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many adults aged 18 and over at time of referral were referred to specialist secondary mental health services with a primary reason of referral of eating disorders between April and August in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020; and what proportion of those referrals were made to an eating disorders service.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested is in the following tables:

Month

Referrals of people aged 18 and over with primary reason for referral as eating disorders

Referred to eating disorder service

proportion (%)

April 2019

1,399

1,112

79.5%

May 2019

1,524

1,201

78.8%

June 2019

1,486

1,178

79.3%

July 2019

1,704

1,306

76.6%

August 2019

1,556

1,228

78.9%

Month

Referrals of people aged 18 and over with primary reason for referral as eating disorders

Referred to eating disorder service

proportion (%)

April 2020

1,118

842

75.3%

May 2020

1,456

1,164

79.9%

June 2020

1,931

1,575

81.6%

July 2020

2,158

1,707

79.1%

August 2020

Not yet available

Source: Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS), NHS Digital

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