Autism: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve support for autistic adults.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We are committed to supporting autistic people to live healthy, independent lives and to participate in their local communities. We are currently reviewing our cross-Government autism strategy and extending it to include children and young people. The Government expects to publish the revised all age autism strategy by the end of the calendar year.

Learning disability and autism are one of the clinical priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan which was published on 7 January 2019. The Plan has a renewed focus on supporting people with learning disabilities or autism or both by improving diagnostic pathways, reducing over-prescribing of medicines, and by ensuring people have access to high-quality care and support in the community.

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