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# silent treatment

This year
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Just four of the planned specialist eating disorder teams are operating, with recruitment issues cited by the HSE for the delay.
Last year
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about the chaotic state of services through people’s experiences.
People waiting longer to access specialist eating disorder care
The latest data shows an increase in people waiting more than eight weeks for assessments and treatment.
'Eating disorders don't just stop': Teenagers losing services on transition to adult care
Noteworthy finds that many children are being blocked from specialist treatment once they turn 18.
Delays, distress, deterioration: Health system failing people with eating disorders
A report by
Maria Delaney
Noteworthy investigates the chaotic state of services and reveals that most cannot access adequate care.
Noteworthy investigates the chaotic state of services and reveals that most cannot access adequate care
Only 55% of the staff for three new teams promised for 2021 have been recruited, reports Maria Delaney
People with eating disorders reporting that specialised care reserved for those at 'brink of death'
HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
Referrals to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin increased by more than 120% last year.
All time
'More and more students are coping with anxiety through either restricting their eating or binge eating'
Dr Aoife O’Sullivan, a GP treating UCC students, writes about the impact of the pandemic on her patients.
People with eating disorders presenting more unwell since pandemic
Rises in acute presentations and significant increases in referrals to specialist teams also reported.
Extra funding promised for eating disorder services last year was spent elsewhere
Since 2018, just over 3% of money allocated to improve supports and treatment was actually spent on this by HSE.
Opinion: Eating disorders are ruthless but specialised regional care is hard to find
One mother, who has seen her daughter suffer, feels the Government and HSE are badly failing people with eating disorders.
Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas
The Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to spend the money for eating disorder services on eating disorder services.