Saturday morning is obviously Eating Disorder and other mental health issues morning at the private therapy clinic we went to yesterday. On duty are the two dieticians - the one we saw last week (the one on the telly) and the one we used to see at CAMHS before her funding was withdrawn. (Back then, she didn't do private work.)
Also on duty was the eating disorder psychologist who Ben was booked in with and the CBT therapist we saw three years ago while on the CAMHS waiting list.
There, with us in the waiting room, was a stick-like teenage girl (seeing the dietician) and a teenage boy (seeing the CBT therapist). In all, three young people whose parents are - presumably - being forced to go private because - presumably - the NHS isn't delivering what their children need, for whatever reason: poor treatment, no treatment, waiting lists, whatever.
Meanwhile that particular private clinic (which deals in a range of alternative therapies and counselling, etc services) has set up its own specialist eating disorders team comprising some of the best eating disorders professionals the city has to offer. Charging from £70 an hour upwards.
It was set up, I assume, is because there is "a need".
And there can only be a need if our dear children are being failed by the very National Health Service that should be protecting them. For free.
We daren't even think of all those young people out there whose parents simply can't afford to go private and whose children are being atrociously let down by the NHS for one reason or another.
As we all know, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders. In other words, they are a potential killer.
Can you imagine if our children were suffering from another life-threatening illness, for instance cancer, but were being forced to go private - or simply do without?
There would be a public outcry.