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The Medical Establishment Shows Its True Colours On Cannabis. A Betrayal of Patients.

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NHS England has today published what it describes as prescribing guidance – ‘Cannabis-based products for medicinal use: Guidance to clinicians‘.

The actual guidance is buried within a mountain of bureaucratic doublespeak and requires downloading PDFs from the Royal College of Physicians (download here) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (download here). In both cases, aside from chemotherapy-induced nausea, the guidance amounts to ‘do not prescribe’. This is a travesty of the intention of these reforms and demonstrates how the medical establishment is more interested in protecting its self-interest than in helping patients gain the benefits of cannabis as medicine. Cowardly and scared are the two words which best sum this up.

It’s no surprise that doctors in the UK are ignorant about the use of cannabis as medicine. They have been subject to the same relentless torrent of reefer madness propaganda from government and media as the rest of society. They have been prevented even from learning about the endocannabinoid system by the authoritarian policy of prohibition and any doctor in the UK who has any experience of cannabis as medicine will have been in breach of professional ethics as well as the law.

But it’s deeply disappointing that the authors of these documents have made no effort to understand the excellent work that is being done by medical professionals in other countries.  The Royal College of Physicians and the BPNA will be a laughing stock across the world in the many more enlightened and educated jurisdictions where patients are gaining great benefit. But of course, this isn’t a laughing matter. In fact, these two so-called professional bodies are making it a tragedy.

Clearly, what is in the best interests of patients is that we must bring in expertise from overseas.  There are eminent doctors abroad who will be glad to step in, particularly in private practice, and pick up this baton which the NHS has fumbled and dropped in the most clumsy fashion.

This is a huge opportunity for those in private medicine who can set aside these cowardly excuses and make the most of the new regulations for patients who are fortunate enough to be able to afford it.

For the average Briton with chronic pain, Crohn’s Disease or an epilpetic child this is a kick in the teeth from the profession that is supposed to care for them.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

October 31, 2018 at 6:14 pm

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  1. This is basically what I suspected would happen, the government KNEW there would be resistance from the medical profession and are counting on this as a means to effectively nullify the rescheduling of cannabis for medicinal use. add to this, that what little fillip of reform we have could be nullified by parliament, and I suspect they will be pressured in doing so, this “reform” is illusory in practice and amounts to little more than cosmetic dressing.

    Shaun O'Connor

    October 31, 2018 at 6:57 pm

  2. […] NHS England has today published what it describes as prescribing guidance – ‘Cannabis-based products for medicinal use: Guidance to clinicians’. The actual guidance is buried within a mountain of bureaucratic doublespeak and requires downloading PDFs from the Royal College of Physicians (download here) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (download here). In both cases, aside… — Read on peter-reynolds.co.uk/2018/10/31/the-medical-establishment-shows-its-true-colours-on-cannabis-a-betra… […]

  3. Nothing is done without reason! The system is made to favour one chemical medicine and these doctors will have been funded by one or more pharmaceutical companies! It’s not corruption! It’s the system! It’s no conspiracy theory! I think you are now beginning to see how the system works!

    Stephen Brophy

    November 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

  4. I suffer from chronic pain, and prescribed opioids are the only legal medicine that has even began to help with the pain (I’ve tried *everything*). When I first heard the news about medical cannabis I was momentarily elated… then I remembered – this is the UK government, who routinely claims cannabis has no medicinal value, restricts research on cannabis, ignores unbiased, evidence-based policy advice on cannabis, and time and again vents ridiculous untruths about the evils of cannabis.

    Sure enough, it now turns out to be little more than a farce that result in a literal handful of patients gaining access to one of an extremely limited number of cannabis-based medicines. Meanwhile, tabloid readers are led to believe that anyone who has need will be prescribed cabbanis based medicines, and rejoice in how progressive our wonderful leaders are. Truly farcical.

    Owen

    November 4, 2018 at 10:30 am


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