McCrossan welcomes Home Office U-turn on Billy Caldwell case
Mr McCrossan said:
“Billy Caldwell’s story has gripped the nation and I am delighted that common sense has finally prevailed with the Home Office giving Billy access to cannabis oil, medication that he desperately needs.
“A number of politicians, medical professionals and members of the public fully supported Billy Caldwell and in giving him access to cannabis oil, which helps to reduce the number of seizures he has. This collective strong voice has played a key role in the Home Office overturning their decision. The Home Office were on the wrong side of public opinion on this issue.
“The Home Office were completely wrong to confiscate Billy’s cannabis oil. This issue could have been completely prevented to begin with and never needed to happen. I am however delighted that the decision has been overturned and Billy will be able to start treatment again soon. Today’s news could very well have saved this young, courageous and brave young child.
“The SDLP will continue to lobby for reform of laws relating to the use of cannabis oil as a medical treatment. No person or child should be allowed to suffer needlessly when there’s a clinical need for treatment.”