BILLY CALDWELL'S RETURN BLOCKED BY NI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. CHARLOTTE AND BILLY CALDWELL UPDATE, 1400hrs

July 4, 2018.

Charlotte Caldwell said:

"The Home Office and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have said we can go home. It needs the ratification of the Department of Health in Northern Ireland before we can book our flights, but it appears they are blocking our return.

"Not only are they not saying why, they are not responding to emails and phone calls from both myself and the Chelsea and Westminster with requests for any information whatsoever. We are completely in the dark. They have never interacted with either myself or engaged with my MP Órfhlaith Begley.

"Billy and I are desperate to get home to our own beds, and the stress is compounded by the difficulty we are having finding suitable and specific accommodation in London, near Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where Billy's meds must be administered. There is simply nothing available beyond tonight because of the Wimbledon tennis.

"While the Home Office has quite categorically and openly stated that Billy and I can go home, and have agreed an emergency licence for me to administer Billy's meds at home in Castlederg, we are utterly mystified why the Department of Health in Northern Ireland is blanking us."

BASIA ZIENIEWICZ