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(UK) N. Wales: "Huge increase in autism, ADHD cases"; 400 children/mo

April 6, 2024, Cambrian News: North Wales facing huge increase in autism and ADHD cases

A North Wales NHS chief has revealed that the region is facing a huge rise in reported cases of autism, ADHD, and other neurodiverse conditions since the Covid pandemic, with the number of children referred doubling.

New cases have increased across North Wales from around 200 a month to more than 400, meaning children, parents, and those waiting to be assessed are facing months or even years before they are diagnosed.contacting the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Dr Nick Lyons, executive medical director at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “We face the same challenges as health boards and trusts across the UK in ensuring timely access to neurodevelopment assessments in the face of significant growing demand. . . .

“Demand for this service far outweighs capacity, and this is known to be a national issue, and we continue to work proactively with partners to address this issue to futureproof the service.

“We do not underestimate how difficult these long waits can be for children and their families, and we are continuing to do all we can to reduce waiting times.

“Over the last 18 months, we have been working with Welsh Government to begin to deliver the national Neurodivergence Programme. . . . 


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