Widen access to medicinal cannabis, Cork council says

Widen access to medicinal cannabis, Cork council says
Mum Vera Twomey with Ava at their home in Co. Cork. Pic: John Delea.

CORK County Council is calling on the government to widen access to medicinal cannabis, following Vera Twomey and her daughter Ava's move abroad, writes David Linnane. 

Since the Council first sent a letter to Minister for Health Simon Harris in their support, Ms Twomey and Ava have moved to the Netherlands so that she can get treatment. The treatment is said to be going well, limiting the seizures that Ava gets due to Dravat Syndrome.

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Hayes said he was not happy with the response from the Minister's office, which was tabled for discussion at Monday's Cork County Council meeting. The letter restated the laws and controls around medicinal cannabis.

"Ultimately it is the decision of the clinician, in consultation with their patient, to prescribe or not prescribe a particular treatment for a patient under their care. The Minister for Health has no role in this clinical decision-making process," he said.

Mr Hayes asked for the Council to write back to the Minister, explaining that the access programme needs to be expedited and widened, so that it will take in more people, and would stop pushing people like Ava and her family overseas.

"It's really, really unfortunate that they had to leave the country to get what they needed. The remit is very narrow, and leaves out an awful lot of other people that could be treated with medicinal cannabis," he said.

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