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Autism

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 April (WA 57), what steps they will take to ensure the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and other NHS Trusts meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. [HL3816]

This Government have announced a range of measures that will help to improve the lives of people with autistic spectrum conditions (ASCs), and their families—from childhood through to adulthood. We have announced wider policy support and investment in children with specialist or complex needs that will also help children with autism, including: action in response to the independent review of child and adolescent mental health services, and to the Bercow review of services for children with speech, language and communication difficulties; £770 million over three years invested by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department of Health in the Aiming Higher for Disabled Children programme; and Healthy Lives Brighter Futures, the strategy for children and young people's health, published in February 2009.

On 29 April, we launched a consultation on a future strategy to support adults with ASCs to live full and inclusive lives with access to the right care and support. The consultation runs until 15 September 2009. It will consider the needs of young people with ASC who are in transition to adult services.

More information on the consultation and the Government's action to improve the lives of people with autism can be found at www.dh.gov.uk/en/SocialCare/DeliveringadultsociaIcare/DH_079431.

The website for the Autism Education Trust which the Government fund is www.autismeducationtrust. org.uk/.

The Good Practice Guidance can be found at www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/sen/asds/

Further guidance recently published can be found at www.nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/idp.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 April (WA 57), whether the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust will follow the recommendations of the Healthcare Commission in its report of 5 February; and whether the Trust changed the autism diagnosis in the case of Henry Spiller. [HL3817]

The East of England Strategic Health Authority has assured me that the Princess Alexandra Hospital National Health Service Trust has accepted all the clinical recommendations in the Healthcare Commission report of 5 February and that those recommendations have been implemented at the trust.

It would be inappropriate to share the details of an individual patient's diagnosis as it would be a breach of patient confidentiality.