Rudi’s wait for ser­vice meet­ing

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

OVER the past 18 months, Rudi’s par­ents, his GP and staff at St Malachy’s have all re­ferred him to Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vices (CAMHS) on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

But CAMHS re­peat­edly re­fused to see Rudi on the ba­sis he did not ‘fit the cri­te­ria.’

Carl and Claire say they were told in per­son they would have to wait un­til he was aged six be­fore he would be seen.

That ap­pears to be true as CAMHS of­fered an ap­point­ment three days af­ter Rudi turned six in De­cem­ber.

A spokesper­son for Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal (RMCH), part of Manch­ester Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “If a child is re­ferred that does not meet clin­i­cal guide­lines for our ser­vices, fam­i­lies are al­ways sign­posted to the most ap­pro­pri­ate and suc­cess­ful al­ter­na­tive in­ter­ven­tion for their age and cir­cum­stances.”

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