I am a Coeliac and have posted on here occasionally although not recently. I also work in the NHS at a clinical commissioning group.
As part of a consultation at the end of last year, just as I came into post, a proposal to stop prescribing gluten free food was modified as a result of the consultation. Most local Coeliacs we spoke to could understand why we proposing changes but asked us to consider working to CUK guidelines and as a result, prescribing guidelines are that our local GPs can prescribe bread and bread mix (no other products) within CUK suggested limits.
Although it doesn't come directly under my remit, but as an interested Coeliac, I have now asked my senior team to look at a voucher scheme for gluten free food, having read about it on here as a suggestion and looked at a couple of areas where it has been implemented. It has received support from within my CCG and we are now looking at scoping the idea a bit further. If we do get to a working proposal, it will of course go out to consultation with our local population. I believe it will give people greater choice on the products they can purchase and reduce cost by negating the mark up of NHS charges that have been well reported on here.
However I wonder if I could please ask the good people on the messageboard on your views on such a scheme. Would you welcome it in your area? Can you foresee any issues with it?
Bearing in mind the difficult circumstances we are working in at the moment (my CCG has to save £16 million this year) any cost savings we can make without affecting patient care, is always going to be very welcome.
Many thanks in advance of your co-operation.