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Sinn Féin welcome eating disorder unit.

27 February, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and vice chair of the Health Committee, Michelle O'Neill, has welcomed the announcement today by the Health Minster, Michael McGimpsey, is to provide an eating disorder unit for the north of Ireland.

Speaking today Ms O'Neill said:

"This announcement is to be welcomed. For too long now sufferers of eating disorders and their families have had to travel abroad for specialist care.

"This has at times been for long term treatment which causes upset to the person suffering, especially as many are young people and as a result of having to stay abroad are separated from their families for a long period.

"Sinn Féin have lobbied the Health Minister to deliver a locally based unit and now to have the promise of one for 2010 is good news for all those who are affected by eating disorders.

"Unfortunately however the demand for such services may very well outstrip what is being provided. There will be only five beds available and eating disorders are on the increase. I would urge the Minister to try and bolster this unit by providing extra care beds and services."

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