Print Edition - 2019-06-20  |  Health and Living

Eating disorders ‘are costing lives’

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Jun 20, 2019-

Lack of understanding of eating disorders among doctors is resulting in too many avoidable deaths, with medical staff receiving too little training, a parliamentary select committee has found. Training on eating disorders in medical schools is limited to “just a few hours”, but junior doctors and GPs need significantly more, according to a report by the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee published on Tuesday.

The report also identifies a series of failures by the NHS to act on previous recommendations for improving care for patients.

A 2017 report by the parliamentary and health services ombudsman (PHSO), which examined failures over the 2012 death of Averil Hart, 19, and two other women, called for more training of doctors, improving coordination of services and investigating potential failings in previous serious incidents.

But the committee said not enough action has been taken to implement them fully across the NHS. It called on the General Medical Council to use its influence to ensure medical schools improved training.

Many doctors focused only on using body mass index (BMI) to determine whether to offer treatment even though Nice guidelines recommend avoiding using single measures, the report said.  —© 2019 The Guardian

Published: 20-06-2019 10:14

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