Desperate families warn epileptic children will die during Corona virus outbreak

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Families wanting access to full extract cannabis oil as a medical treatment for their severely epileptic children will be taking the UK government to court to allow the medication to be prescribed on the NHS. They warn that, as many parents have lost jobs because of the Corona virus outbreak, they can no longer afford the thousands of pounds for private prescriptions and that their children could die.  The law changed at the end of 2018, meaning medical cannabis could be prescribed by individual specialist doctors in the UK. But, very few NHS prescriptions for epilepsy have been written. Instead patients have been forced to spend large sums of money at private clinics which have recently opened. I went to one listen to my BBC Radio 4 report.

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