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Begley welcomes ‘life-saving’ decision for Billy

16 June, 2018 - by Órfhlaith Begley


Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has welcomed confirmation that the British Home Office has finally agreed to return Billy Caldwell’s cannabis oil medication.

The 12-year-old from Castlederg is currently hospitalised in London and the West Tyrone MP described the Home Office decision as ‘life-saving’.

“Billy should never have been put in that position. The treatment was clearly working for him and he deteriorated badly once it ended, yet it still took intense lobbying to get the Home Office to reverse this cruel decision.

“I have been working with Billy’s mother Charlotte for several weeks to try and find a solution so we are all delighted and relieved that I have today received confirmation from the Home Office that they have finally relented and agreed to allow Billy to have his medication after accepting the recommendation of medical professionals that cannabis oil was appropriate in his case.

 “I thank all those who have supported Billy and his family throughout this difficult time. This is a life-saving intervention for Billy and he can now concentrate on his recovery and hopefully being discharged from hospital in the near future.

“I will continue to engage with the Home Office and the health authorities to ensure he can access his medication in the longer term so there is no repeat of the trauma he has suffered over recent weeks.”

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