West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Boyle challenges Health minister on autism diagnosis waiting times

Published: 24 November, 2014

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has this week challenged the Health Minister Jim Wells on the issue of waiting times faced by 1300 children in the north awaiting autism diagnosis.

The Health minister recognised that this area has been identified as a core pressure requiring additional investment.

Speaking this week Ms Boyle said,

"I welcome news from the health minister that in order to alleviate the length of waiting times the HSC Board is reviewing the current operating models across all Trusts with a view to remodelling the assessment and diagnostic process.

"Currently in the Western Trust there are 60 adults and 125 children on the waiting list for diagnostic assessment.

"A new template to record waiting times in excess of 13 weeks will be set up to enable the Board to monitor average waiting times for commencement of assessment. As an interim measure, the Board are working with Trusts to agree, based on their respective capacity, a maximum waiting time. I will be following this up with the minister and the trust to ensure this is rectified urgently."