Fourth independent review of Work Capability Assessment published

Dr Paul Litchfield was appointed to lead the fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in 2013. This review sets out a series of recommendations to the government based on the evidence he collected as part of the review and which complement the recommendations from the first 3 annual reviews carried out by Professor Malcolm Harrington. Download the full report here

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The Telegraph: Tripling in the number of children treated for eating disorders

Laura Donnelly - The Telegraph - 01 Dec 2013

The number of pre-teen children treated in hospital for eating disorders has tripled in four years, according to NHS figures, amid warnings that units are turning dangerously-ill cases away because they are "not thin enough".

Experts said increasing numbers of children were struggling to cope with a celebrity culture which sexualises childhood, glorifies size zero figures, and bombards them with images of unrealistically slim models.

Official statistics show more than 6,500 children and teenagers treated in hospital in 2010/11 for conditions such as anorexia, compared with 1,718, in 2007/8.

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