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Medical Cannabis Under Prescription

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:14 pm on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of John Howell John Howell Conservative, Henley 6:14 pm, 20th May 2019

I thank the hon. Lady for her excellent intervention, and I agree with much of what she said.

One of the main barriers that I see is the simple question of who is allowed to prescribe. The General Medical Council holds a list—a specialist register—of specialist doctors who are allowed to prescribe. Why do we have a specialist list, and why can only those on that list prescribe? Is it because people are nervous about their careers or other things? Why do we limit the number of doctors who can prescribe in this way? I have read claims that something like 110 patients have been prescribed the medicine, but from what has been said in this debate, I understand that only one has received it.