‘Clear failures of care’: scathing report into student’s anorexia death

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Averil Hart’s death was ‘an avoidable tragedy’ which shows problems with NHS eating disorders services, says ombudsman

A talented young student died of anorexia because of numerous “clear failures of care� by GPs, hospitals and specialists in eating disorders, a scathing report by the NHS ombudsman has concluded.

Averil Hart’s death in December 2012 at the age of 19 “was an avoidable tragedy� caused by an array of health professionals failing to appreciate how dangerously unwell she was, the ombudsman said in a report released on Friday.

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