Local Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed plans to improve standards of care for adults with autism.
The Department of Health has announced that there will be a new Quality Standard for adults with autism, ensuring that standards of autism care in the health and social care system is made a priority. It follows a campaign led jointly by the National Autistic Society and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, of which Andrew Griffiths is a member.
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Griffiths said: “This could be a huge step forward for adults with autism. The creation of a Quality Standard will ensure that the needs of adults with autism are imbedded into the health and social care system like never before.
“It means that all parts of the NHS will be judged rigorously on how they deliver for people with autism. There are many families in Burton and Uttoxeter who are dealing with the difficult implications of autism and this will offer them some welcomed support and help.
“This has been a campaigning priority for the All Party Parliamentary Group and the National Autistic Society and I am glad that Ministers have listened. The next step will be to ensure that a further Quality Standard is produced to cover children and young people, although this announcement bodes well for the future.”
The announcement follows vigorous campaigning by the All Party Parliamentary Group, including the introduction of a Ten Minute Rule Bill on Autism, a joint letter and meeting with the Minister for Care Services, and a series of oral and written Parliamentary Questions.