P-04-408 : Child and Adolescent Eating
We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government
to fund the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service in Wales to the same
degree as the Adult Eating Disorder Service in Wales.
It has come to my attention that there is a disparity in funding between
Adult Services and Child and Adolescent Services as regards funding for Eating
Disorder Treatment. At the present time
Adult Eating Disorder Services receive £1 million per year from the Welsh
Assembly, as well as 4 specialist trained provider groups.
Sadly research points to the fact that Eating Disorders, especially
Anorexia Nervosa, are predominantly first experienced around puberty. Historically puberty was around 12-15,
however, puberty is becoming younger
and therefore statistics are beginning to show the prevalence of Anorexia Nervosa
starting at younger ages is apparent.
Bulimia Nervosa is generally a disease with an onset age of 18-25,
however as with Anorexia this may differ from person to person. The fact that in both disorders, and indeed
all diagnosable Eating Disorders, early intervention is the key to a quick
recovery, therefore preventing long term financial implications for the WAG,
makes this plea more pertinent.
I therefore implore the Assembly to consider this a priority for debate
and to mend this disparity by giving equal finances and services to the Child
and Adolescent Eating Disorder service in Wales as already given to Adult EDS.’
petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on
Committee considered the petition alongside P-04-505
Eating Disorder Unit in Wales and agreed to close both petitions given
that a detailed independent review of eating disorder services has been carried
out and the Welsh Government is scrutinising health boards’ responses to the
review’s recommendations, as well as providing additional resources
itself. The Committee also agreed to congratulate the petitioner on
their work to achieve improvements in eating disorder services in Wales
details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related
documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.
was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 17/07/2012.
Petition raised by: Helen Missen
Date petition first considered by
Committee: 17 July 2012
Number of signatures: 246