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(UK) Worcester parents have year long wait just for autism diagnosis

May 25, 2019, Worcester News: Average wait of more than a year for children in Worcestershire to get autism diagnosis "not good enough" https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17664374.average-wait-of-more-than-a-year-for-children-in-worcestershire-to-get-autism-diagnosis-not-good-enough/ FAMILIES in the county are waiting more than a year on average for children to be diagnosed with autism. The average wait for children to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Worcestershire last year was 372 days – up from 327 days in 2017. The length of the wait in Worcestershire ranged from eight days to 673 days. Philippa Coleman, the county council’s lead commissioner for early health, said one of the main reasons for the longer wait was staff having to work through a backlog which meant it was “always going to get worse before it got better.”… Councillor Chris Bloore, chairman of the council’s overview and scrutiny board, said the system was failing children and the length of wait was not acceptable. He said: “I have sat in the front rooms of families who cannot get on with their day-to-day lives because they are worried and concerned about their children…. Cllr Fran Oborski, chairman of the children and families scrutiny panel, said she spoken to many “incredibly frustrated” families who felt nobody was taking their case seriously. She said the results of the joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection – which heavily criticised the council and the county’s clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) approach to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – found the county was failing its most vulnerable children. She said: “That wasn’t just children on the autistic spectrum. That was overall. These [children] are some of the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable.”…