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Youth eating disorders services given a £150 million boost

Children and young people living with eating disorders will be given more support as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledged £150 million to tackle the issue.

The funding comes after data, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre earlier this years showed an 8% increase in the number of young people being admitted into hospital for conditions such as bulimia and anorexia between 2012 and 2013.

Across the country budget cuts and funding freezes have had a dramatic impact upon the provision of specialist care and it is hoped that this injection of funding will shift the focus from institutional care to community-based care.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing welcomed the extra finance.

“Eating disorders among children and young people cause severe health problems and, if left untreated, sometimes lead to death,” he says.

"All too often, nurses [working in this area] see the tragic consequences of inadequately funded services making it hard for children and young people with mental health problems to access care. This is why additional resources for child and adolescent mental health services are desperately needed - they've been chronically underfunded for years and too many vulnerable children and young people are being let down.”