Today’s first meeting of a Westminster group set up to tackle eating disorders has been hailed by Angus MP Kirstene Hair.
The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) will work to improve UK-wide policy, secure access and treatment for people affected by eating disorders, and recommend measures that support prevention and early intervention.
Its first evidence session at Portcullis House heard from people with experience of eating disorders, including a medical student, a person now receiving treatment, and another who is a carer.
MPs of all parties in the UK Parliament have joined, and the UK’s eating disorder charity Beat has taken on the role of secretariat.
Ms Hair is chairwoman of the group.
The Scottish Conservative MP said:
“Improving the provision for those who suffer from an eating disorder is an issue that transcends party politics.
“I was delighted to get this group off the ground.
“The group will work to recommend improvements to service provision across the United Kingdom, including reducing waiting times and ensuring everyone has access to good quality inpatient and outpatient care.
“Patient care cannot be based on a postcode lottery.
“Now the APPG is officially set up, it is time to get to work.
"We will be engaging with service users, providers, third sector organisations and Government to improve service provision and increase awareness of eating disorders.”
Beat chief executive Andrew Radford said:
“It is very encouraging to see politicians from all parties coming together to ensure more people can access specialist, effective treatment for eating disorders.”