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West Cheshire CCG consultation on gluten-free prescribing

22 June 2016

We are aware that West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are currently holding a consultation on gluten-free food on prescription. We are letting you know now to make sure you have the chance to respond.

The consultation

West Cheshire 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. However, the CCG is now proposing to stop prescribing gluten-free foods. The CCG is asking for local people’s opinions on the prescribing of gluten-free food. 

Coeliac UK communication with the CCG

We are extremely concerned by the proposal to stop prescribing gluten-free food and will be submitting a formal response to the consultation in support of continuing access to gluten-free food on prescription. 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. We will also be asking local healthcare professionals for their support.

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 Sunday 31 July.

We will provide updates as the situation progresses through direct mailings, Crossed Grain magazine and on our website.

 

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