Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been prescribed cannabis-based products for medicinal use; and how many were (a) private prescriptions and (b) prescriptions funded by NHS or NHS Scottish.

Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medical practitioners are registered to prescribe cannabis-based products for medicinal use; how many of those practitioners (a) operate private practices and (b) are NHS or NHS Scotland employees; and if he will list the (i) Trusts and (ii) Health boards at which each of those NHS and NHS Scotland employee works.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England has set up systems to monitor the prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use via the NHS Business Services Authority and NHS England Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers. We expect the first data to be available by the end of March 2019. In Scotland, work is underway to establish similar systems.

There are 95,532 specialist doctors registered on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register. The law allows any specialist doctor to prescribe cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Specialist doctors may decide to prescribe these products on a case-by-case basis, and where it is clinically appropriate. The Department does not hold information on how many of those practitioners operate private practices and are National Health Service or NHS Scotland employees or where they work.

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