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Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

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Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.National guidelines state that the process of diagnosis should start within three months of being referred. But a request for data by the Lib Dems has revealed what campaigners describe as a "postcode lottery". The government said it would start collecting and publishing waiting times.The National Autistic Society said people were missing out on educational, health and social support as a result of lengthy waits to be assessed. The longest waiting times between referral and the start of an assessment in 2016-17 were: 848 days for an adult and 799 days for a child in Berkshire Healthcar...