To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to (a) increase public consultation on the creation of interim guidance for medicinal cannabis and (b) ensure patient and health professional organisations are engaged in the Department’s working group on medicinal cannabis.
The Department does not have a standing working group on medicinal cannabis. It has, however, held a number of engagement events with representatives of patients and health professionals in relation to this policy.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been commissioned to update and replace interim clinical guidelines on the prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use by October 2019. NICE has consulted with a wide range of stakeholders on the draft scope of the guidelines, including a stakeholder workshop held on 6 November 2018, which was attended by patient and health professional organisations. NICE is expected to issue a public consultation on draft guidelines, which will commence in summer 2019. Anyone interested in this topic, who wants to be involved in the consultation process, can register as a stakeholder at www.nice.org.uk by searching “GID-NG10124”.