12 Dec Bring Billy Home. The NHS Has Denied Him His Medicine Again. He Is Back In Canada.
It’s probably the most shocking outcome of the new regulations on cannabis that the boy whose story created the change is in exile again.
Billy Caldwell, loved and adored by the whole nation, is back in Canada with his mum Charlotte because there is not a specialist doctor in the UK who will prescribe the medicine he needs.
He has written a heartbreaking letter to Santa, saying he doesn’t want any toys this year “My Xmas wish is to go home with my medicine”.
I doubt whether there has ever been a time when the British people’s opinion of doctors is sinking so fast. Previously held in absolute reverence, more and more are realising that doctors are only human and some of their human characteristics are, frankly, disappointing. I’ll go further, some are disgusting.
Doctors no longer sign the Hippocratic Oath but they are expected to abide by professional standards. You’d expect ethics or morals to be at the top but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Many are uninformed, frightened, ignorant or ideologically opposed to the use of cannabis as medicine.
In some cases, such as Dr Chad Taylor, they prefer their duty to their professional body than their duty to their patients. Dr Taylor says he has “no intention of bending to this pressure” and insists that his “only obligation as a medical practitioner is I’m duty-bound to follow my professional guidance”.
Another, Dr Tom Smith, falsely claimed in writing that he wasn’t “allowed” to prescribe for chronic pain, despite his patient having previously found cannabis effective when prescribed in Holland. Strong opioids don’t work for his patient but all Dr Smith could say was that the epidemic in opioid addiction could soon be an epidemic in cannabis addiction.
The level of ignorance, wild misinformation and bigotry amongst these so-called professionals is astonishing.
Returning to Billy’s story, CLEAR has been able to offer advice and guidance to Charlotte Caldwell which we believe provides a method by which Billy may legally return home with his medicine in time for Christmas. That’s the Christmas gift we all want – but not just for Billy. We want British doctors to open their eyes and their ears and start learning what doctors all over the USA, Canada and the rest of Europe already know, cannabis is a very safe and effective medicine. Instead of being afraid of it they need to start putting their patients first.