Poll: Should North Somerset’s NHS stop prescribing gluten-free food?
PUBLISHED: 08:02 18 February 2017
North Somerset’s NHS spends thousands of pounds a year paying for people to have gluten-free food – but that could change under new cost-saving measures.
People who suffer from coeliac disease – which means they cannot eat gluten – can get prescriptions for gluten-free food.
The prescriptions cost healthcare commissioners in North Somerset and South Gloucester £315,000 a year, which has prompted the two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the districts to begin a joint consultation into whether gluten-free prescriptions should remain available on the NHS.
The CCGs launched a consultation on Monday to gauge public opinion on proposals to stop prescribing gluten-free food to over-18s while under-18s will be offered a limited list of staple foods, such as bread and pasta.
The CCGs particularly want to hear from anyone who is coeliac and receives gluten-free food on prescription.
The consultation will run until March 17.
Comments can be made via www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk