All healthcare staff to receive autism training

The Government has committed to include autism in plans for mandatory training for healthcare staff. The move came following a debate in Parliament in response to a petition started by Paula McGowan, following the death of her son Oliver in 2016. Jane Harris from the National Autistic Society said:

Many autistic people continue to have much worse physical and mental health than the general public – and may even be at greater risk of dying early. Making sure that all healthcare staff understand autism, and the often simple changes that can help autistic people, is an important step to tackling this unacceptable health inequality – and creating a society that works for autistic people.

Date added: 29 October 2018