The review follows a national public consultation in 2017 by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the ‘Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS Prescription’ and the resulting guidance announced in February 2018 to restrict gluten-free foods to bread and mixes only – although this does not affect a CCG’s statutory authority to determine its approach at a local level.
Wiltshire CCG has a duty to ensure that the funds it has available for prescribing are spent in a way that benefits most patients. Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 it spent £241,487 on products such as gluten-free bread, pasta and pizza bases, items which are now readily available and competitively priced. Wiltshire is also the highest prescribing CCG in England of Juvela gluten-free bread and bread mix.
Have your say
Wiltshire CCG is proposing to change its prescribing approach to gluten-free foods, in line with National Institute of Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines – this questions and answers document explains why.
Complete the survey by 22 July 2018 to have your say.
For more information visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/haveyoursay