Cannabis-based Treatment Delay

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th February 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

I wish to raise the case of the young son of a constituent. This wee lad’s medical condition has been deemed appropriate for cannabis-based treatment and he has been offered Epidiolex by his medical team. That was some four weeks ago but no treatment has yet commenced and no prospect of a start date has been given to the family. Meanwhile, the child’s condition continues to deteriorate.

Can the Deputy First Minister advise us on the clinical procedure once it is agreed that

Epidiolex is appropriate and can he investigate that delay?

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

I will ask the health secretary this afternoon to contact NHS Lanarkshire and establish the details of the case. If there is a way in which we can address immediately the very real and legitimate issues that Linda Fabiani has raised in Parliament today, we will do so. I will ask the health secretary to update Linda Fabiani by the close of business this afternoon.