Charlotte Caldwell tells authorities she won’t take her son home to die
CHARLOTTE Caldwell has moved into a property in North London after whispers from Government mandarins her son’s health must be treated as a devolved issue.
The devoted mother from Castlederg in Co Tyrone is furious 12-year-old Billy is being denied access to cannabis oil which is stopping him from having up to 100 seizures a day.
She said: “I’m staying put and Billy is staying put.
“We are both British citizens and I can be a citizen of London, 500 miles from where Billy was born, if it means he gets to live.
“I will not be told to take him home to die.
“I was told by a hospital in Belfast to take him home to die when he was two years old. That was 10 years ago and we are still here battling on.
“Well we’re not going. We’re here to fight for Billy and all the other children who need anti-epilepsy medication derived from cannabis plants.
“I’d say the Government will know by now I’m not one to give up on my son.
“And no Government mandarin whispering in corridors is capable of either frightening me or forcing me to do the wrong thing by my son and all the other children who need help.”
A source revealed Government officials were concerned with the attention being generated by the story.
They added: “With the Brexit votes going on the situation over Billy has been seen as a distraction. It is being suggested that as Charlotte and Billy are from Northern Ireland then his access to healthcare is a devolved matter.
“That would pass the pressure to Stormont and a government that doesn’t exist. It would take the pressure off Nick Hurd [Minister of State] and no difficult decisions would have to be made.
“The fact Charlotte would get no further and Billy’s life would remain on a knife-edge would not be a matter for Westminster. However, Charlotte is a British citizen and can live anywhere she chooses in the UK – including London.”
The scandal took a fresh twist this week with the Tories branded “hypocrites” after their links to medicinal cannabis were revealed. Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband’s firm is the largest investor in the UK’S main producer of the drug. Even though under UK law the substance has “no medical value” and is banned, Philip May’s employer Capital Group has invested millions in the company that produces it.
It has a 15% stake in GW Pharmaceuticals whose chairman is Tory donor Geoffrey Guy.
Meanwhile, the DUP last night sent support to the pro-medicinal cannabis lobby and called for Billy to have his anti-epilepsy medication returned until a legal decision is made.
A spokesman said: “Consideration has been given to a specific process where medication could be provided on an individual basis at the request of an individual clinician to a particular patient for a particular condition.”
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