Consultation on Prescribing Gluten Free Foods
For the past 30 years the NHS has prescribed gluten free foods to patients who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. This service started when gluten-free foods were not as readily available as they are today. The NHS has a limited budget and with an increasing demand for services it must evaluate every service it pays for.
In 2015-16 East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spent £205,998 on Gluten-Free products, whilst Blackburn with Darwen CCG spent £110,000. This can be re-invested into alternative patient services. The CCGs are reviewing their policies on gluten-free food and are proposing to stop prescribing it.
We would like to hear your views, whether you live with coeliac disease or not. The consultation is open from the 17th October to the 11th November 2016.
The consultation questionnaire is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/gfconsultation