Alfie Dingley's mum Hannah Deacon sobs live on air as she is told epileptic son, 6, WILL get cannabis oil treatment
Sajid Javid announced a license will be granted for the drug to be used to stop the child’s 30 seizures a days after Hannah Deacon appealed directly to Theresa May.
The decision was revealed to her as she appeared on ITV news this lunchtime, and while wiping away tears she said: “Thank you. Thank you to the Prime Minister.”
The dramatic moment came soon after the Home Secretary told MPs there will be a review of the use of the drug for medicinal use.
Although he rejected calls from Lord Hague to lift the ban on recreational use of the drug, saying the war on it had been “comprehensively and irreversibly lost”.
However in the wake of his department’s U-turn in allowing Billy Caldwell to be given treatment with cannabis it is being extended to 6-year-old Alfie, who suffers up to 30 seizures a day due a rare genetic mutation.
Her mum had revealed earlier that she met the Prime Minister three months ago to discuss the case of her seriously ill boy.
And while she said Mrs May promised to “find a way” to get Alfie the drugs he needs – added the PM still hadn’t delivered on her pledge.
The youngster was able to control his epilepsy while living in the Netherlands, where cannabis oil is legal, but his situation got worse when he returned to Britain, where it is not.
Ms Deacon told the BBC: “I met the Prime Minister on March 20 in Number 10. I appealed to her directly.
"She looked at me.
“She met my son and she told me that they would find a way in which our clinicians could be issued with a Schedule 1 licence to give my son the medicine that he had in Holland. I believed her.”
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme she added: "That was three months ago. All that we have been put through is bureaucracy, hurdles – hurdles after hurdles after hurdles.
"The Prime Minister said to me she would help us provide this medication for my son. That is what needs to happen."
Hours later that is exactly what has happened, with Mr Javid confirming the license allowing the oil to be made available will be issued by the end of the day.
What are the current laws on medical cannabis in Britain?
UK law does not permit cannabis for medicinal use.
Under the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act, cannabis is currently classed as having “no medicinal value”.
However, there are two prescription drugs in the UK which use ingredients that are present in cannabis – they are called Sativex and Nabilone.
Sativex is used to relieve the pain of muscle spasms, and Nabilone is used to relieve sickness caused by cancer treatment.
While both are legal in the UK, they are hard to get hold of, and are not offered by the NHS.
In other countries, medicinal cannabis is readily available.
The Netherlands has allowed its prescription by pharmacies since 2001, and the Office for Medicinal Cannabis regulates its production.
In Israel, the drug is also available, and is used to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Despite the UK’s strict drug laws, it is the world’s largest producer of legal cannabis, producing over 40% of the total in 2016.
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