Changes to Gluten Free prescribing

Following agreement at the Governing Body meeting in July 2017, NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG no longer supports the prescribing of gluten-free foods.

This supports our efforts to meet a net savings target of more than £11m, and follows a public consultation in 2016 which initially saw a 50% reduction in gluten-free prescribing and discussions with groups such as Coeliac UK and other health professionals.

Clinicians have been closely following the impact in Castle Point and Rochford and in other localities where a total ban is in place to ensure any change would be clinically safe.  The CCG’s Governing Body has consequently agreed to remove gluten-free food from prescription.

We are supporting our GP practices in communicating this decision with affected patients and have provided a letter in which we explain our decision and provide contact details for further information.

The vast majority of raw ingredients are naturally gluten-free and Coeliac UK (www.coeliac.org.uk) has produced a useful and comprehensive food directory. This lists the wide range of gluten-free foods now available from supermarkets and other outlets.

If you have any queries regarding this decision, please contact us:

Alternatively, you can speak with Healthwatch Essex, an independent organisation which provides information and captures your experiences of health and care services in Essex. The contact details are 0300 500 1895 or info@healthwatchessex.org.uk.

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