New data has suggested that some patients with autism have waited over 19 weeks for their first mental health appointments. Statistics released by the NHS show that in Spring 2018, patients at 10 out of 25 English health trusts waited an average of 137 days or more following a referral, despite the target of 91 days. The statistics released only offer a limited insight into the problem, as they reflect around a quarter of patients only due to a lack of information provided by trusts.
The National Autistic Society has expressed its frustration at the limited nature of the data, after having campaigned “for years” for it’s release. Additionally they highlighted the detrimental affect that delays can have on autistic children, adults and their families.
The full release can be found here.