Kernow CCG consultation on gluten-free prescribing
1 July 2016
Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a consultation and is proposing to stop gluten-free prescribing. The CCG currently follow National Prescribing Guidelines and prescribe up to 18 units (depending on age and gender) of gluten-free bread, pasta, flour, pizza bases and crackers. A scheme has been running in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since 2008 whereby gluten-free products are ordered on the NHS directly from community pharmacies. The CCG is asking for local people’s opinions on the prescribing of gluten-free food.
We are responding to the CCG to make a case for gluten-free prescribing. Our arguments will focus on the importance of gluten-free staples on prescription to support management and adherence to the gluten-free diet in view of cost and availability issues. Research shows that gluten-free staple foods are not readily available to purchase in budget supermarkets and convenience stores and that gluten-free staple foods are 3-4 times more expensive than gluten containing equivalents.
Have your say
We would encourage you to respond to the consultation to ensure your views are heard. The survey can be accessed online and is open until 12 August.
We will provide updates as the situation progresses through direct mailings, Crossed Grain magazine and on our website.