A Conservative former minister has urged Boris Johnson to step in “as a father” and guarantee all sick kids in want of medical hashish have entry to it.
Sir Mike Penning instructed the Commons that solely three kids at present have prescriptions free on the NHS, with 150 others having to pay “about £2,000 a month” to entry the substance privately.
He urged the Prime Minister to “do the whole lot attainable” to make sure dad and mom shouldn’t have to “beg and borrow from their households and remortgage their properties” to afford medicinal hashish and that lives are usually not misplaced.
Talking throughout Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Mike (Hemel Hempstead) instructed the Commons: “Earlier than the Prime Minister turned Prime Minister we had a dialogue to do with the prescribed medical use of hashish and the way it was serving to to save lots of actually severely in poor health kids – not a whole bunch of 1000’s, however about 150.
“We modified the regulation in November 2018 to make it authorized for these prescriptions to be written, prescriptions written by prime consultants.
“In the present day, we’ve three kids which have it free on the NHS and round about 150 kids that must beg and borrow from their households and remortgage their properties in order that they’ll really pay round about £2,000 a month.
“Prime Minister, that is unsuitable. As a father, like I’m, you’ll do the whole lot attainable to your households and these households are doing the whole lot attainable for his or her kids.
“Can we’ve a follow-up assembly from the one in 2018 the place I’ll convey one of many moms who really will get it free – to not cease her getting it free, however to permit her to elucidate to the Prime Minister how unsuitable that is that kids’s lives are going to be misplaced if we’ve to undergo the method that the NHS is proposing?”
Sam Mountney, senior coverage and campaigns officer at Epilepsy Motion, mentioned: “It’s clear that the present system for accessing these therapies on the NHS simply isn’t working.
“Virtually two-and-a-half years because the change within the regulation, many households affected are nonetheless having to pay as much as £2,000 a month for personal prescriptions. These are prescriptions for merchandise which were proven on a case-by-case foundation to cut back seizures and enhance high quality of life.
“The Authorities intervened in 2018 to permit these merchandise to be prescribed and it must do the identical now. We urge the Prime Minister to help these households by addressing the continuing points round NHS entry and funding.”