The cuts to GF prescriptions are simply to save money for CCGs.
Why should coeliac patients be made to suffer from prescription cuts when we are not responsible for the present bad financial situation in NHS?
BTW the CUK scheme for repeat GF scrips for coeliacs /DHers through approved pharmacies works very well, cuts costs and means GPs do not have to write prescriptions.
Dr Cave does not even seem to be aware of this.
.... Professor David Sanders of the Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield said:
Prescription of gluten-free food might seem like an easy target for clinical commissioning groups(CCGs) trying to contain costs, but it unfairly discriminates against people with coeliac disease
A gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease. Lifelong adherence to the gluten-free diet improves quality.
There is no other example in the NHS of a disease that is having its treatment costs cut by 50-100 per cent.
Targeting gluten-free food prescriptions may reduce costs in the short term but there will be long term costs in terms of patient outcomes....