Mother of epileptic 15-year-old urges government to provide medical cannabis on NHSPosted by On


The mother of a 15-year-old boy who can suffer from hundreds of seizures a day has called on the health secretary Matt Hancock to intervene and allow him a prescription for medical cannabis on the NHS.

Charlotte Caldwell’s son Billy has severe epilepsy and has been accessing specialist cannabis oil from a private doctor through a temporary arrangement which runs out on Monday.

A high-profile campaign by Ms Caldwell saw UK rules relaxed in November 2018 to allow some cannabis-derived medicines to be prescribed by specialist doctors in limited circumstances.

A Canadian company had agreed to provide the product to the family free of charge, but the arrangement has now come to an end – prompting Ms Caldwell to call on the government to make it available for Billy and others with his condition through the NHS.

Ms Caldwell, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, said: “I can’t express enough to Matt Hancock and to the health minister in Northern Ireland, Robin Swann – please,…

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