12 deaths of eating disorder patients in seven years led to coroner warnings

The Guardian reports that over the last seven years, at least 12 highly vulnerable people with eating disorders have died after failings in care that were so severe that coroners in England and Wales issued legal warnings to hospitals to try to prevent further deaths.

A Guardian analysis shows that, so alarmed were the coroners by the failings that they sent official warnings to 11 trusts that provided care for people with anorexia and bulimia between 2013 and 2019.

Admission numbers have more than doubled from 7,260 in 2010-11 to 16,023 in the year to April 2018 and there is a growing crisis in the treatment of eating disorders as doctors struggle to protect young people at a time of soaring demand.

Full story in The Guardian, 19 January 2020