THIS Morning viewers were left furious after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were forced to cut short an emotional medical segment to speak to the Doctors cast on today’s show.
The TV presenters abruptly ended their chat with concerned mum Charlotte Caldwell, who is being refused medicinal cannabis on the NHS for her epileptic son, for a chat with the fictional medics.
One outraged viewer tweeted: “So you’re cutting short an important conversation about life changing medicine for shallow talk about a soap.
“This is actually disgusting and the team at #ThisMorning should be ashamed of themselves. Unbelievable.”
Another seethed: “Extremely rude of Phil & Holly. It was a serious chat about a life threatening illness! The stigma was there, plain to see from #ThisMorning!
“I’ve turned off to another channel, That’s me done with that show #cannabiscommunity #endourpain #breakthetaboo #endcannabisprohibition.”
A third mocked: “Timings on This Morning are as good as ever.”
Despite the backlash, the hosts did allow the interview to run slightly over-schedule as they were forced to stagger the Doctors interview around the weather segment.
Charlotte, 51, appeared on the This Morning sofa alongside Dr Ranj to share the heartbreaking story of her 13-year-old son Billy.
The Sun revealed last week how the severely epileptic teen will die if he does not get a new prescription when his supply runs out in the next few days.
The campaigner, from Castlederg, in Northern Ireland, won her bid to change the law last year.
It allowed doctors to prescribe the drug on the NHS in limited circumstances when other treatments have failed.
But she has to pay £1,500 privately after the NHS in Belfast refused to fund it and her supply is running out.
Charlotte says she was forced to seek a second opinion from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Despite the backlash, the hosts did allow the interview to run slightly over-schedule as they were forced to stagger the Doctors interview around the weather segment[/caption]
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Billy had a consultation at GOSH at the end of last month with epilepsy specialist Prof Helen Cross, who believes he should continue on the treatment.
But Charlotte says the NHS trust in Belfast is still refusing to fund it.
It means she only has days to raise more money for his next private prescription.
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