Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Independent, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral contribution of 8 April 2019, Official Report, column 36, what the timetable is for making available a public register of specialist clinicians who can prescribe cannabis-based medicines.

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

The law provides that specialist clinicians on the General Medical Council’s ‘Specialist Register’ can prescribe cannabis-based products for medicinal use, where clinically appropriate and in the best interest of patients.

A general practitioner (GP) may make a referral to a specialist clinician on the General Medical Council’s ‘Specialist Register’ once the patient reaches the appropriate point in their treatment pathway.

A list of Registered Medical Practitioners, including specialist clinicians, is available at the following link:

https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/the-medical-register

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