Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Medical Cannabis Access Programme Update: Discussion

Ms Anne Marie Seymour:

I will just reiterate Mr. O'Connor's comments. That would be a clinical decision and there is a clinical relationship between a doctor and patient. It would not be appropriate for the Minister for Health or people in the Department to comment on that relationship. There is trust in the relationship when it comes to what is prescribed. The licensed programme is available to any patient once the clinical decision has been made.

We are not seeing a rural-urban divide that would have only Dublin-based consultants using this scheme. Location is not an issue with access to the programme. We are delivering cannabis-based products to patients all around the country. We are not seeing it from our side that anybody in a rural area is disadvantaged.