Anne Main – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Anne Main on 2016-10-20.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people over the age of 18 diagnosed with (a) Asperger’s syndrome and (b) autism there are in (i) St Albans, (ii) Hertfordshire and (iii) England; and what care his Department provides for people diagnosed with those conditions.

David Mowat

Information on the number of people diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions is not collected centrally.

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning health services for their local population. In doing so, they should have regard to best practice and guidance such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guideline Autism spectrum disorder in adults: diagnosis and management and the Government’s Think Autism strategy.