Ends: 28 Apr 2017
Gluten free foods are currently available on prescription for patients with coeliac disease – each patient may have up to eight units per month. Under the CCG’s current policy, people with coeliac disease can obtain a limited range of gluten free foods using an NHS prescription including: bread, bread rolls, flour and pasta.
Prescribable food item
No. of units per item
400g bread/ rolls/ baguettes
500g bread mix/flour mix
Today the availability of gluten free foods has increased dramatically and they are found in almost all major supermarkets. A number of CCGs across the country have already either stopped funding gluten free foods or put restrictions on the groups to whom gluten free foods are available. The gluten free food service in Berkshire West costs £167,000 per annum, for 500 patients with coeliac disease.
The proposal for gluten free foods
The CCG proposes to stop funding these products and this would mean that GPs could no longer prescribe gluten free foods. The only exception to this should be if a patient could be at risk of dietary neglect. In these circumstances, the patient’s GP will be able to apply to the CCG with an individual funding request.
Please tell us how much you agree or disagree with the proposal to stop supplying gluten free foods on prescription?
Select the most applicable option in each row. You must select an option in every row.
What impact do you think stopping gluten free food would have on you, your family or other people in Berkshire West: