A severely epileptic 5-year-old girl dangers an “unnecessary death” according to her mother immediately after border guards seized her consignment of healthcare cannabis oils at Stansted airport.
Indie-Rose Clarry, who has Dravet syndrome, a type of epilepsy, suffered extreme seizures and panic attacks prior to utilizing the medication more than the previous 14 months, mentioned her mother, Tannine Montgomery.
Nevertheless, Montgomery was stopped by Border Force officers on Friday immediately after returning from the Netherlands, even even though she had a private prescription for the medicine written by her UK physician.
“Seizing this medicine is condemning my beautiful daughter to becoming comatose, wracked by seizures and to be at higher danger of an unnecessary death,” mentioned Montgomery. “For the enjoy of God, this medicine is legal in the UK and I have a complete lawful UK prescription for it.”
Parliament’s overall health choose committee told the Residence Workplace this month to quit confiscating cannabis from the parents of sick young children. In spite of the government announcing final year that physicians can prescribe healthcare cannabis, which consists of the psychoactive ingredient THC, campaigners mentioned just two NHS prescriptions have so far been granted.
Montgomery, from Suffolk, mentioned that even though she had a private UK prescription it was far more affordable to travel to the Netherlands to stock up on the oils. She yesterday urged overall health secretary Matt Hancock to “sort this crisis out”.
Though it is illegal to import such medicines without the need of a licence, Mongtomery, 30, mentioned UK Border Force officials have previously permitted her into the nation with the drug. “To receive a particular import licence would price us £4,500 per month as opposed to the £1,500 we spend for the drug at the moment,” she mentioned.
Montgomery added that Hancock necessary to intervene to halt the suffering of households. “Every day he does not act on it is a day of interminable suffering for mothers like me.
“For households like us it is also significantly to bear the aggravation of figuring out that there’s a thing that can transform the lives of our young children but we are blocked from finding it,” she mentioned. Former dwelling secretary Sajid Javid announced in 2018 that physicians would be in a position to prescribe medicinal cannabis items, such as for extreme epilepsy.
Nevertheless, parents have located they can not effortlessly access the medicines without the need of paying thousands of pounds for an import licence.
In addition, a lot of physicians will not prescribe them, citing a lack of official guidance on the concern.
Peter Carroll, from the campaign group Finish Our Discomfort, added: “This is really shocking. The law was changed final November so that individuals who could advantage from healthcare cannabis could be prescribed it right here.