Almost 30 members have signed a letter asking the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to offer ‘emergency funding’ to sufferers across the country. The law was changed in November 2018 to allow access to medical cannabis under prescription, after children such as Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell captured the nation’s heart. But since then very few patients have been given access to the medicine on the NHS, after strict guidance was implemented making the process more difficult.
Some NHS Trusts have refused to prescribe full plant cannabis medicine, which contains both THC and CBD, rather offering Epidiolex, which only has CBD and does not give the same results.
Families have instead been forced to go private, paying up to £2,500 a month for prescriptions to import the drug, inflicting a massive financial toll.