National consultations

Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan - Proposals for possible changes to legislation

Date: 19 January 2019

NHS England is  inviting patients, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public to give their views on potential proposals for changing current primary legislation relating to the NHS.

Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription

Date: 31 March 2017

The Department of Health is running an open consultation on the Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription.

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group stopped all Gluten Free products on prescription with effect from 1st January 2017 with the exception of pregnant women (from the point of confirmed pregnancy) and young people under the age of 18.

The Department of Health consultation is considering ending the prescription of all gluten-free foods which would bring a national approach to gluten-free prescribing.

The Department of Health consultation closes at midday on 22 June 2017. Click here to view the documents and give your views on the proposals. 

This consultation is now closed.

Update: 14 February 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care made the following announcement (1 February 2018) on the outcome of the Gluten Free Food Prescribing Consultation:

"Following its consultation on the availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription, the government has decided to restrict gluten-free prescribing to bread and mixes only."

Full details of the consultation and government decision are available.


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