NHS Adult Eating Disorder Psychotherapy cuts: Patients at Springfield affected SW London
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I urge you to support me in appealing the current service review at Springfield Hospital, Tooting, that heavily affects the support available to Eating Disorder patients by prompting a response from Jeremy Hunt (Secretary for Health and Social Care), Rosena Allin-Khan (MP for Tooting) and David Bradley (Chief Executive of SW London and St. Georges Trust) to the suggestions initially made by patients that counter the decisions.
After a service review announced today at Springfield Hospital (South West London and St. Georges Mental Health Trust) it has been decided that significant changes are to be made to the psychotherapy provisions to adults within the care of the Adult Eating Disorders Service. This includes the reduction of psychotherapy from inpatient and day patient services where it is already accepting very few patients for individual therapy. Eating Disorders form as a maladaptive coping strategy to a deeper psychological tension, for which psychotherapy has been the tried and tested solution for over a decade in the service and other services across London. Changes to the type of therapy to many Eating Disorder services have come about as a result of the changes in the NICE guidelines in 2017, outlining vague suggestions.
After a patient feedback meeting with (and subsequent letters addressed to) the review board it seems the opinions of the patients do not matter.
Having had access to the professionals being removed from their posts for nearly 2 years, I am saddened and frustrated that mental health continues to be demoted in the hierarchy of NHS budgeting and the opinions of patients continue to be ignored. It is estimated by the charity BEAT that 1.25 million people in the UK over the age of 18 suffer from an Eating Disorder with this number set to rise.
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