Campaigner urges process for accessing medical cannabis to be eased

The mother of a boy with severe epilepsy has urged Health Secretary Sajid Javid to ease the financial burden on hard-pressed families. Charlotte Caldwell said scores of families who contend with severe epilepsy are having to pay privately to get a prescription at a time when the cost of living is soaring. Ms Caldwell and her son Billy, who are from Castlederg, Co Tyrone, played a leading role in a campaign to secure a change in the law in 2018 allowing certain patients to access treatment through the NHS.

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