Call for better autism guidance for GPs

GPs and PCTs need to be given better guidance on how people with autism should be managed, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

The NAO examined health and social care services for adults with autism.

Around 70% of GPs do not believe that people with autism are being given adequate care, the NAO found. It recommends that the DoH produces guidance for PCTs on how information on autism services for GPs can be improved.

The NAO expects improved autism services to be cost neutral in the long term, because of increased employment opportunities for people with autism and other changes.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

NAO website

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