I also agree that James Cave was nervous/hesitant because he kept going umm which to me implied he does not like playing devils advocate and has nothing against coeliac.
I had a bad time at a pharmacy getting food on prescription when they got the wrong items and were very patronising over it and that was the end for me and it was hard at first but now it is second nature and I am not dependent on anyone and I like that, so yes on one level I am not affected by the cuts but I can see how others are especially in more remote areas.
I read in the Telegraph around 10 years ago that a group of Dr's were lobbying their MP's to stop them having to prescribe gf food on prescription and remembered a Dr saying to me please don't treat me like Tesco's and feel that we as coeliac do have special needs so we need Dr's on our side.
In reality this was caused by the whole banking crisis in 2008 with all the sub prime loans going sour sending our balance of payments down the gurgly and as always the wrong people have to pay the price. Our NHS is the best in the world and we as a society have to protect it and many people have been affected by austerity cuts. One of my friends has been refused an operation because they are over weight and cannot go on the list for the op until they have lost weight.
Two other things that we have to realise is as more and more coeliac are diagnosed the cost to the NHS spirals and what to me is immoral is the cost of codex to the NHS which is over £8.00 but is a fraction of this abroad. And this to me shows that James Cave was right when he said the system was archaic and Prof David Sanders agreed on this point. Another very important point is that we as a society have a duty of care to those less fortunate than ourselves, how this is achieved will be the next step after prescriptions are stopped I hope.
As for the Daily Mail well they're into sensationalism and seem more interested in showing some young models pert derriere than real news.
I do sympathise with those affected and feel that coeliac who do not get food on prescription should speak up to encourage others. I'm actually very sensitive to gluten so I have to be extra careful and cannot tolerate many things that are within codex so saying its alright for me isn't true what is true is I have learnt to live with my dietary needs with little support. So again I apologise if my views are discordant with with the majority.
The link you posted is very informative so thank you for that.