Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd May 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patient and health professional organisations are engaged in the Department's working group on medicinal cannabis.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has held a number of engagement events with representatives of patients and health professionals in relation to this policy.

The Department has also arranged three meetings with stakeholders, ahead of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence publishing its guidelines on the prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use in October 2019. These meetings are attended by relevant Government departments, public bodies including advisory committees and professional clinical organisations. The purpose of these meetings is to make sure work, already commissioned to implement policy on medicinal cannabis, continues to align in the interim period before the guidelines are issued.

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