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'Dire' situation for adults waiting for ADHD diagnosis in NI

Adults in Northern Ireland seeking assessment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are being forced to go private because of a dire lack of referral services in some areas, a charity has said.

Some health trusts have not been able to accept new referrals for adult assessment and diagnosis.

ADHD charities said a lack of services or even waiting lists has forced many people to pay for a private diagnosis.

The charity's chief executive Sarah Salters added that some people who do get a private diagnosis cannot then get medication from their GP through the NHS.

The Department of Health said officials "are considering longer-term arrangements" for ADHD services, with future decisions "likely to be subject to ministerial approval and availability of funding".

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Source: BBC News, 2 April 2023


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