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Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 247543, tabled on 25 April 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patient and health professional organisations are engaged in the Department's working group on medicinal cannabis.

Answered on

3 May 2019

The Department has held a number of engagement events with representatives of patients and health professionals in relation to this policy.

The Department has also arranged three meetings with stakeholders, ahead of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence publishing its guidelines on the prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use in October 2019. These meetings are attended by relevant Government departments, public bodies including advisory committees and professional clinical organisations. The purpose of these meetings is to make sure work, already commissioned to implement policy on medicinal cannabis, continues to align in the interim period before the guidelines are issued.