jeudi 9 août 2018

Eating disorder patients sent miles from home as Suffolk centre lies empty

MP decries ‘nonsensical’ situation as parents make six-hour trips to visit daughter

People with life-threatening eating disorders in a part of England with poor provision are being sent miles away from home for help, despite a new specialist centre in the area lying empty.

Clinical psychologist Chris McKenna has spent £2m transforming his family home in East Anglia into a 12-bed inpatient facility called the Chimneys. He did so after finding out there was no treatment centre in the county when his daughter needed treatment for anorexia. She would have to go to Norwich for help.

The unit has now been set up, but despite it being registered by the Care Quality Commission in March 2017, NHS England will not pay for people to go there due to being tied into contracts with other private providers.

Related: 'People shouldn't have to move': getting care for an eating disorder

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from Children | The Guardian

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