Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

25 JUN 2019

Adults with Eating Disorders

Thank you for taking the time to email me about waiting times targets for adults with eating disorders.

I read your comments with interest and I agree that the announcement that a four-week waiting time target for adult eating disorder treatment will be piloted, in line with those introduced for children and young people, is a promising step.

I realise you would like to know when the pilots will take place and the 'Clinically-led Review of NHS Access Standards' Interim Report, published in March 2019, states that NHS England will test four-week waiting times for adult and older adult community mental health and it is expected that eating disorders will be included in this.

The proposals will be field tested at a selection of pilot sites across England, before wider implementation. Alongside the field testing, engagement will take place across the health service before making recommendations to the Government and full implementation beginning spring 2020.

You may also be interested in the following briefing from the House of Commons Library covering the topic of Eating Disorders Awareness Week:

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