Date lodged: 8 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that autism services provide equal access to diagnosis.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 23 May 2018
The Scottish Strategy for Autism sets out a framework which seeks the removal of barriers to diagnosis across Scotland; however, diagnosis is a matter for Integration Authorities (IAs). Access to diagnosis varies across IAs, and in some there is no diagnostic provision for adults without a learning disability or a mental health condition. The Scottish Government is willing to work with IA to address these inequalities in access.
In 2016, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network published SIGN 145, Assessment, diagnosis and interventions for autism spectrum disorder . The Scottish Government would expect IAs to follow these guidelines.