Durkan calls for review of Home Office decision to stop local boy receiving medicinal cannabis
The MLA for Foyle said:
"I am appalled that the Home Office have reacted so heavy-handedly to a very sensitive and high profile case.
"It has been clear from the start that Billy's GP has issued this treatment in good faith to save a young boys life, not to open the floodgates to inappropriate drug use. Medical professionals sign a Hippocratic oath to ensure patients get the care they need, and this action by bureaucrats has undermined that oath.
"The SDLP will be writing to the Home Office to ask them to retract the letter sent to Dr O'Hare on the basis that a child could needlessly die. We will also be ensuing the Department to state their rationale for warning Dr O'Hare from writing anymore prescriptions.
"This is another example of why we need the Assembly reinstated as a matter of urgency to ensure we can make our own laws around these sensitive issues and not take direction from London."