James Sunderland highlights importance of early diagnosis for autism and ADHD

Speaking in a debate on assessments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, James Sunderland highlights the importance of early diagnosis so that parents can access the appropriate medication.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

On that point, I welcome the fact that the special educational needs and disability review is imminent, as we heard from the Minister last week. Let us wait and see what it says. Of course, this is about autism and ADHD. Waiting times are causing havoc everywhere, but people cannot necessarily get medication or treatment for a particular condition until it has been diagnosed. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need early diagnosis as quickly as possible so that parents and others can be assisted with the provision of the appropriate medication?

Elliot Colburn (Carshalton and Wallington) (Con)

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention, and he is absolutely right. The delay in diagnosis also means a delay in treatment. We have debated this topic many times; just last week in this Chamber, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton (Esther McVey) led a powerful debate on waiting times. I thank colleagues who have shared their stories individually.