Teenager’s death from anorexia was ‘avoidable’ if she had the right NHS care

Averil Hart who died of anorexia
Averil Hart who died of anorexia two NHS teams failed to care for her a report stated
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A teenager’s death from anorexia was an ‘avoidable tragedy’ that would have been prevented with the right NHS care, a damning report has concluded.

Averil Hart, 19, died following a series of failures that involved every NHS organisation that cared for her, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) said as it warned of ‘widespread problems with adult eating disorders services in the NHS’.

Its investigation found inadequate coordination and planning of the teenager’s care during a particularly vulnerable time in her life – as… Read the full story

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