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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14548: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Fife regarding the reported difficulties in recruiting community paediatricians to enable diagnostic waiting times for children and adults with autism to improve.

Answered by: Shona Robison 28 February 2018

Health Boards are responsible for providing and resourcing the services within their area and we work closely with them to support their efforts. Improving diagnostic services and increasing diagnostic capacity are Scottish Government priorities set out within the Scottish Strategy for Autism, and the Scottish Government engages with wide range of stakeholders, including NHS Fife in the implementation of this strategy.

NHS Fife has confirmed that their new Autism Assessment pathway is facilitating earlier diagnosis and decision making. The introduction of different specialists at this stage has lessened the dependency of Paediatricians and is helping to improve waiting times.