Cannabis oil row: Billy Caldwell ‘under hospital arrest’, says mother …

Billy Caldwell, the autistic boy with epilepsy whose family was granted a licence for cannabis oil to treat his illness, has been “placed under hospital arrest”, according to his mother, due to conditions imposed by the Northern Irish authorities.

On Thursday, it was announced that the 12-year-old was heading home to Co Tyrone where he could be legally treated with a cannabis-based medicine.

But Belfast Trust, which will be responsible for providing the anti-epileptic seizure medicine, has said it will only administer the treatment at a hospital in Belfast, forcing the family to make a four-hour round trip from their home in Castlederg, twice a day, his mother said.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland said arrangements to administer the treatment to the boy had been replicated from his stay at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London.

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