The 'white powder' which contained gluten was destined for the gluten products area of the factory where Genius products are produced.
The Genius 'GF' items are made in a small part of the large gluten-based factory, not on a separate GF-only dedicated site.
There are dedicated GF non- CA wheat starch premises where GF items are produced , of course, which would suit those coeliacs who cannot tolerate CA level Gf wheatstarch.
These dedicated GF sites would not have the contamination problem which happened with Genius since no gluten ingredients would ever get delivered to that area.
Yes, Dr Cave does seem to object most to being a sort of 'grocer' because his coeliac patients have to see him to get prescriptions from his attached pharmacy.
He would have to join with another pharmacy (or more) to make the pharmacy-led CUK scheme work well, it seems.
He does not seem to object per se to coeliacs having GF prescription items since he suggests at one point they could take part in a voucher scheme.
Sadly, I will have to 'waste' time with GP appointments if GF prescriptions are banned since I really do need them.
I am sure my GP would prescribe GF basics as it is understood I cannot afford to buy them off script.
I am on a small fixed income,
live in a rural area without a car and have unreliable public transport to nearest town - village shop which doesn't stock my GF prescription basics -so I totally rely on my pharmacy scheme to obtain my GF basics.
My pharmacy is excellent. I can ring to request my repeat GF prescription & they will deliver -eg if I am too unwell to go out or weather is bad .
Banning GF prescription basics is purely a money-saving device. Why should coeliac patients, who cannot help having this medical condition, suffer because of bad financial management which is not their fault?