Children waiting for autism assessments 'up 280%'

There has been a 280% increase in the number of children waiting for autism assessments in the past five years, the UUP has said.

The figure was up to 2,325 this year compared to 607 in 2012.

The information was revealed to the party through an Assembly Question and they said the figures "starkly illustrate that the waiting list crisis engulfing our hospitals has spread to autism services".

Jo-Anne Dobson MLA continued: “I am shocked at just how dramatic the rise has been in the number of children waiting for an essential autism assessment.

"Whilst some of this can be explained by a significant increase in the number of referrals, it is yet another example of where demand is now far outstretching capacity in the local health service.

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21st December 2016