NHS Guidelines too restrictive
Following the historic change in the law, the NHS has put guidelines out for the prescription of medical cannabis in conjunction with recommendations from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) that are so restrictive that hardly anyone will be able to get a prescription.
Many thousands of patients feel bitterly disappointed. We don’t believe this is what the Home Secretary had in mind when he made the bold decision to re-schedule medical cannabis so that it could be prescribed following the high profile campaigns of Alfie Dingley and others. This is an outrageous situation.
Just as one example, as End Our Pain we are helping 17 families, each with a child suffering from intractable epilepsy. These families feel that they may now have to fund raise to go abroad to get the medical cannabis that has just been legalised here. This is as cruel as it is ridiculous.
We have to fight for these families, and for the many thousands of patients with other conditions that could benefit from medical cannabis. To that end, please help us by using this link to email your MP urging them to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care to get the NHS and medical professional bodies to sort this out.
The Government is in the process of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. We owe it to the patients to do everything we can.
Signatures so far:
“I support the call to change the law to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis where they consider it would help their patients; and for patients to have their prescription honoured at the pharmacy.”