Health bosses allow Billy Caldwell to be treated with medical cannabis

Health bosses allow Billy Caldwell to be treated with medical cannabis
A 12-year-old boy who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy will fly home to Northern Ireland today after the country’s Department of Health issued an emergency licence to allow him to be treated with medicinal cannabis.Billy Caldwell and his mother Charlotte, who says the medication helps to control his seizures, have been in London where he has been receiving treatment.He  was granted a short-term licence by the Home Office to allow him access to cannabis oil in London.But now, Billy and Ms Caldwell flew into Belfast City Airport on Thursday evening. Billy Caldwell and his mother Charlotte, who says the medication helps to control his seizures, after arriving in BelfastThe family said on Wednesday they were uncertain whether Billy would be able to continue receiving the medication when they returned home to Castlederg, Co Tyrone.But on Thursday, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced it had issued an emergency licence to allow Billy access to his medication.’The Department of Health yesterday received an emergency licence application from Belfast Trust clinicians regarding medicinal cannabis use for Billy Caldwell,’ a department spokeswoman said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Puff, puff, pass? New Zealand government to ask residents… Cannabis dealer who got his marmoset monkey Caesar so high… ‘An emergency licence has today been issued by the department, replicating the licence issued last month by the Home Office for treatment at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.’We have also been in discussions with the Home Office to finalise arrangements for the immediate transportation of Billy’s medicine from London to the Belfast Trust.’The Belfast Health Trust on Thursday afternoon confirmed it had been granted an emergency licence to prescribe and administer Billy’s medication. On Thursday, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced it had issued an emergency licence to allow Billy access to his medication A spokesman said the medication will arrive on Thursday and arrangements are in place to administer it that evening and thereafter.’The trust has been in contact with Charlotte Caldwell and has discussed these arrangements with her,’ the spokesman added.Billy and Ms Caldwell are expected to fly into Belfast City Airport on Thursday evening.Uncertainty over the medication in Northern Ireland earlier this week had placed a question mark over his return.On Wednesday, the family claimed the Home Office decision needed to be ratified by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland before they could book flights home.On Thursday morning, the family said they had booked flights but remained concerned over when Billy’s next dose would be released. The family said on Wednesday they were uncertain whether Billy would be able to continue receiving the medication when they returned home  The Department of Health said on Wednesday it was ‘actively working for a timely resolution to this matter’.Speaking earlie

Health bosses allow Billy Caldwell to be treated with medical cannabis