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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD calls on Health Minister to immediately publish report on Autism Review

8 August, 2018 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disabilities Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that it is "unacceptable" that the review of operational effectiveness of existing health services responses in addressing the particular needs of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has not yet been published.

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD ordered the HSE to conduct the review in August 2017 and the working group set up to carry out this review was to report on its findings by the end of September 2017.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said;

"I find it incredible and absolutely unacceptable that we are still waiting for this report to be published almost 12 months after it was expected.

“I have spent the last number of months, along with other Sinn Féin elected representatives, meeting various advocacy and family groups on the current failings in the provision of care and services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“It is quite clear to me from these engagements and the horror stories that have been relayed to us that we are quite frankly at crisis point.

"Neither the health system, education system or any other system are currently meeting the needs of persons with autism.

“There is so much wrong with the present system that a total overhaul is needed.

“I am today calling on Minister Harris to immediately release the findings of the HSE’s review and associated report in order that an effective solution to addressing the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens can be planned and implemented with the urgency that is required” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin." 

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