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(UK) Bournemouth: Waiting lists for ASD assessment because MORE PARENTS are requesting one

Jan 31, 2018, Bournemouth, England, Daily Echo: Autism diagnosis pleas put pressure on health services http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15912546.Autism_diagnosis_pleas_put_pressure_on_health_services/ DELAYS in the assessment of autistic children are due to a national increase in requests for diagnosis putting pressure on health services, Bournemouth council says. At a recent meeting, Councillor Rae Stollard asked the borough cabinet how long a family must wait for a diagnosis and how many autistic children there are in the borough. Cllr Nicola Greene, cabinet member for children's services, said: "Waiting times are variable depending on the route of the referral and availability of the team…. "It is acknowledged that there is a national increase in requests for ASD diagnosis which has had an impact of health services’ ability to respond in a timely manner and has had an impact on waiting times." She said the latest data showed 110 primary pupils, 103 secondary pupils and 51 pupils in post-16 education with autism diagnoses, as well as 23 under-fives. …