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Boyle concerned about autism diagnosis delays

17 November, 2014 - by Michaela Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has expressed concerns about the number of children in the North waiting to be assessed to find out if they have autism.

 Speaking after it was reported that 1,300 children are waiting on a diagnosis, Mrs Boyle said;

 “I am very concerned about the number of children awaiting diagnosis for the condition.

 “This delay is very worrying for many parents and carers and the children themselves. I am contacted on a regular basis about this issue.

 “It is an issue across all health trusts and the trusts must address it as a matter of urgency.

 “It is essential that children are diagnosed as soon as possible so that they can begin their appropriate treatment.

“Sinn Féin has worked hard to have a centre dedicated to the treatment of autism and to offer support to families on an all Ireland basis in Middleton, Armagh so that children with autism can lead full and rewarding lives and it is important that this centre is fully utilised in dealing with diagnosis.

“I have submitted a priority question to newly appointed health minister Jim Wells asking him what action he is taking to alleviate the waiting times and ensure the issue is addressed promptly.”

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