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Home Office returns confiscated cannabis oil to 12-year-old Northern Ireland boy with epilepsy after he has first seizure in over 300 days

18 Jun 2018

The UK Home Office has returned 12-year-old Billy Caldwell’s cannabis oil epilepsy medicine after he was taken to hospital on Friday 15 June. This was after Billy’s medicine was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on Monday 11 June.

Billy, from Castlederg in Northern Ireland, has a severe form of epilepsy and has previously had up to 100 seizures a day.

Belfast Trust calls in 2,500 patients for review after consultant neurologist investigation

3 May 2018

The Belfast Trust has called in 2,500 patients for a review after an investigation into the work of a consultant neurologist.

Concerns were raised about Dr Michael Watt’s treatment plans and diagnoses by other doctors. After this, his work was investigated by the trust and the Royal College of Physicians.

This resulted in 2,500 people who received treatment from Dr Watt being asked to come in for a review. They were being treated for a number of conditions, including epilepsy and MS.

Danny Tozer inquest finds no neglect in care, but unsatisfactory communication with family

3 May 2018

An inquest into the death of a 36-year-old man with epilepsy found that he died of natural causes.

Danny Tozer had epilepsy, autism and a learning disability. He was a resident at a supported living home when, in 2015, he died after having a seizure. The coroner concluded that Danny died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Brexit Health Alliance urges Brexit negotiators to put patients first

9 Apr 2018

The Brexit Health Alliance has warned that people may face long delays in getting new medicines as a result of Brexit. Research cooperation and access to clinical trials may also be affected, the organisation said.

The alliance is urging Brexit negotiators to prioritise patients and public health during the second phase of negotiations.

Southern Health Trust fined £2m over breaching health and safety laws in cases of Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin

9 Apr 2018

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £2m following the preventable deaths of two patients in its care.

Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk both died at facilities run by the trust in 2012 and 2013. Connor, who was 18, drowned in the bath at Slade House in Oxford, following an epileptic seizure.

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