This, it appears, is what The System is like in England (I know Wales is different). Things are so very, very complicated in England that it's almost impossible to explain. (Thanks Marcella for doing your level best to attempt to do so, though...) This, essentially, is almost certainly why FBT (Family Based Treatment) for eating disorders in adolescents is not being rolled out across England as it is in Scotland (which has a far, far simpler political system by the sound of things). Meanwhile young lives are being lost. Like the young man and women I learned about at the weekend - both university students who lost their lives to their eating disorder.
Yes, I am aware that there can never be a one-size-fits-all solution to finding a treatment for eating disorders and also that it's virtually impossible for any treatment to get even remotely close to a 100% success rate. I am also aware that FBT is only believed to be effective in adolescents with eating disorders (i.e. not adults).
But on Sunday afternoon in Glasgow, Dr James Lock presented indisputable evidence from sustained, indepth clinical trials, both in the United States and in Scotland, that implementing FBT as a treatment method for eating disorders (and especially anorexia) leads to a faster and more sustained recovery in a higher proportion of adolescents. It also costs far less to roll out than the old, traditional treatments for eating disorders especially when you factor in the case of in-patient treatment.
As a copywriter it's always been my job to weed out all the fluff, filler and nonsense and go straight for the jugular - the single-most-important-reason to do something, in the case of advertising this would be for a customer to purchase a product. It has been drilled into me since time immemorial to get straight to the point and steamroller through any rubbish or bullsh*t.
So, naturally, I tend to do the same when it comes to my thinking on eating disorders.
This is why I want to say that, frankly, I don't give a flying you-know-what for ridiculous red tape and protocol and "can't do's" when it comes to young people's lives.
In ten years' time when yet more families are missing their beautiful sons and daughters who have been killed by this devastating illness purely and simply because it took too long to get diagnosed, and / or because they had to wait too long for treatment and, when they eventually got that treatment, it was treatment that had essentially remained unchanged since the 1870s... will these families accept that, OK, things were just far, far too complicated in England to do what Scotland have just done and made FBT (Family Based Treatment) for eating disorders available to any family that wants it?
Would this justify their child's death in their eyes? Would it make them feel any better?
What do you think?!
Sorry, but all this bullsh*t and red tape doesn't wash with me. It just makes me mad and makes me want to get militant.