‘Eating disorders are a serious health issue’ – Hamilton

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, has welcomed the publication of the RQIA report on the review of eating disorder services in Northern Ireland commissioned by his Department.
Health Minister Simon Hamilton

Health Minister Simon Hamilton

Commenting on the report the Minister said, “Eating disorders are a very serious health issue for many people in our community. One estimate states that between 18,000 and 20,000 individuals will be living with an eating disorder in Northern Ireland at any one time. “The effects can be devastating for sufferers, and their families and friends. This report contains 11 recommendations, including the possible need for a feasibility study to determine if a more local specialist eating disorders unit should be developed. “I have already taken steps to address this issue. Back in October I asked my officials to consider the evidence and engage with the relevant stakeholders to explore creating such a unit.” The report also outlines the wide range of excellent work done by professionals in the Health and Social Care service and by voluntary organisations contracted by Trusts. The Minister added, “My officials will work with the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency to agree and progress an action plan to implement the recommendations in the report.” The report is available on the RQIA website at www.rqia.org.uk
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