Date: Thursday 27th April 2017
The Department of Health (DoH) has launched a consultation to evaluate whether or not to continue to provide gluten free products on prescription to patients diagnosed with coeliac disease. The options being considered are:
Make no changes to the current system
End gluten free prescriptions
Only allow the prescribing of certain foods (e.g. bread and flour)
The consultation will be open until midday on the 22nd June.
We are very concerned about the proposed restrictions to gluten free prescribing, as the decisions are often made based on misinformed information. Coeliac disease is a lifelong condition, which if untreated, or poorly managed can have serious long term health implications, such as infertility, osteoporosis and in rare cases, small bowel cancer.
At less than £200 per year per patient, gluten free prescriptions are a cheap and effective preventative health policy. Yet misinformation about prescriptions continues to place pressure on the NHS to stop prescribing gluten free food. Coeliac UK have published an excellent article about the common myths surrounding gluten free prescribing, visit their website for the full article.
Now is the chance to be heard. Let the Department of Health know your views on the importance of gluten free prescriptions by following these steps.
1. Complete the survey here.
2. You can also request a paper copy of the survey by either emailing GFprescribing@dh.gsi.gov.uk or writing to:
Prescribing Policy and Legislation Team
Department of Health
3. Ask your local MP to sign the Early Day Motion 1123 raised by Kevan Jones in support of gluten free prescriptions. if you're not sure who your MP is, visit www.theyworkforyou.com and enter your postcode, which will direct you to the correct person. You can send an email directly from this site or send them a letter. Be sure to include:
Remember you have until midday on 22nd June 2017.
As a dedicated manufacturer of specialist gluten free products and supporter of the coeliac community for over 30 years, Glutafin is extremely concerned about these proposals and the impact this may have on you.
Alongside Coeliac UK and the British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA), we will be engaging with the DoH to strongly recommend that gluten free prescriptions remain for patients with coeliac disease.
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