“Rachel Bannister, whose daughter was treated at the centre in 2017, said she was shocked but unsurprised to hear about the closure. “I wish that Huntercombe Edinburgh was closing because the need for high level care has decreased,” she said. “Sadly, I know that this is not the case as very few services exist across the country that provide an alternative model of intensive outpatient intervention that can treat people within their own communities.”
Revealed: NHS England sent 154 eating disorder patients to Scotland 16th October 2018
Channel 5 News 9th October 2018 The knock-on effect for mental health sufferers waiting for NHS treatment – 5 News
Watch mental health campaigner Rachel Bannister’s live interview with Mark Austin for Sky News 8th October 2018
“But there is something else we need to do.
I recently met Rachel, she told me her story of trying to get help for her anorexic daughter.
Rachel told me how her daughter was sent ‘out of area’ three times over six years to different hospitals including over 300 miles away to Scotland.
Care was always inconsistent in a mental health system fragmented, understaffed, cut back suffering from years of neglect.
It meant a vulnerable teenage girl, desperately ill, left trapped in an endless cycle of admission, relapse and discharge.
As a father of two girls, I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried listening to her story.
We can’t allow – I won’t allow – families to be let down like that.
So we will fully fund child and adolescent mental health services, we’ll invest in eating disorder services and end the injustice of children treated on adult wards or sent miles from home. As we finally deliver true parity of esteem for mental health services.
So in place of fear, we offer hope again.”
Jon Ashworth 26/09/2018