Gluten-free food on NHS faces axe

PUBLISHED: 06:42 25 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 25 February 2017

What do you think about cuts to gluten-free prescriptions?

What do you think about cuts to gluten-free prescriptions?

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Gluten-free food may no longer be offered on the NHS for adults.

To cut costs, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is considering only prescribing foods, such as bread and pasta, to children.

The CCG estimates it costs taxpayers in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire £315,000 every year for the NHS to prescribe gluten-free food.

The NHS started prescribing those items initially when it was hard to source those products.

But in recent years supermarkets have improved their free from ranges and the CCG feels it is no longer necessary to prescribe foods to adults.

But, before making a decision, it is asking people to offer their views. Its consultation will run until March 17 and it is keen to hear from anyone with coeliac disease or intolerant to gluten-based products.

The CCG’s medicines optimisation pharmacist Tom Gregory said, “We believe making these changes are the right thing to do at a time when the NHS is under considerable financial pressure.

To offer views, visit www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk


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