MP decries ‘nonsensical’ situation as parents make six-hour trips to visit daughter

People with life-threatening eating disorders in an area of England with poor provision are being sent miles away from home for help despite a new specialist centre in the area lying empty.

Chris McKenna, a clinical psychologist, has spent £2m transforming his family home in Suffolk into a 12-bed inpatient facility called the Chimneys. He did so after finding out there was no treatment centre in the county when his daughter needed treatment for anorexia, and she would have to go to Norwich for help.

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26 March 2019