MP CAROLINE ANSELL: The ‘sugar levy’ and help for eating disorders

Caroline Ansell with Amy Buckle SUS-160316-144829001
Caroline Ansell with Amy Buckle SUS-160316-144829001

You may have seen in the budget the commitment from the Chancellor to introduce a ‘sugar levy’. This has been considered in light of the forthcoming National Obesity Strategy, due this summer.

It will be interesting to see what else is included in that plan - I am particularly pleased so far that the money raised through the this levy will go towards greater investment in school sports facilities.

However recently I have been addressing a different problem.

I have approached health managers in Eastbourne to see whether services for people suffering from eating disorders can be set up in the town.

I have written to the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after speaking to eating disorder awareness campaigner, Amy Buckle, about the lack of services locally, and have also organised a meeting between Amy and the CCG to discuss the issue.

Amy, 25, from Willingdon, has battled an eating disorder since she was 16, but had to travel to the Severe Eating Disorders Consultation and Assessment Service (SEDCAS) in Brighton for help with her condition.

Local support services hardly exists with no eating disorder specialist available in the area, even though there is a need for early intervention to stop any problems from getting worse.

I am pleased to have been able to bring Amy and the CCG together and I will do my part to help the implementation of better local services for people suffering from eating disorders.

The CCG has indicated that there is a need for an enhanced service in this area and they have been very keen to meet Amy and discuss it, which is a positive, and I thank them for their sympathetic approach.

It seems to me that there is a great need to have some sort of service here in the Eastbourne area and Amy made a compelling case to me that early intervention can have positive results.

I thank her very much for bringing this important issue to my attention and I very much hope that the meeting between her and the CCG will be productive.

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