Gluten Free Prescribed Foods

Gluten Free Prescribed Foods
Proposal:
As part of a wider review into service restrictions Basildon and Brentwood CCG is proposing to stop all gluten free products on prescription with exceptions of pregnant women (from the point of confirmed pregnancy) and under 18s.
Rationale for change:
Initially gluten free products were added to the list of products available on NHS prescription when they were not easily available for patients to purchase.

Now there is a wide range of gluten free products available from supermarkets, the internet, health food stores and pharmacies that are sold at prices that are considerably lower than the NHS is charged when bought for use on prescription – in some cases less than half the price. In addition to these products there is a wide variety of naturally gluten free food including; fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese and eggs.

Impact:
With the variety of gluten free products widely available to buy at a reasonable cost, the CCG feels there will be minimal impact to patients.
For further information:

Download the Service Restriction Policy Review document here

Download the Equality Impact Assessment - Gluten Free Prescribing document

See our information on Have your say on the Service Restriction Policy Review

Download our current Service Restriction Policy here

Find more information on existing local services at http://www.nhs.uk/service-search