Your local NHS needs to ensure that all patients in Morecambe Bay receive equitable services from their GP practice and other NHS providers and that the funding allocated to it is spent in the most cost effective way. In our area, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for making decisions about which treatments are available locally through the NHS.
Morecambe Bay CCG has recently approved a policy that requires the practice to stop supplying prescriptions for gluten free foods. This will release significant savings that will be used locally for other high priority NHS services.
The CCG decision follows a review of gluten free prescribing that considered comments from local public engagement and the national guidance recently issued by NHS England. The CCG also took account of the following points in making the decision to stop providing gluten free food:
- A wider range of gluten free products are now available at supermarkets, health food shops and online.
- Many carbohydrate foods are naturally gluten free, such as potatoes, rice and some noodles. These products can be bought from supermarkets.
- Gluten free products are significantly more expensive when prescribed on the NHS, than the retail prices in the shops and online.
- Food items are generally not available on prescription for other conditions.
Individuals who require advice and support can continue to receive this from their dietician and dietetics service, and patients are urged to attend annual review appointments when they are offered.
As the practice is required to implement the Morecambe Bay CCG gluten free food policy you will no longer receive prescriptions for gluten free food from the practice.
If you have any queries relating to the change in your prescription, please contact 01524 843333.
If you remain unhappy with the Morecambe Bay CCG gluten free food policy you should contact Morecambe Bay CCG directly:
Customer Care Team
NHS Staffordshire and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
Lancashire Business Park
Tel: 0800 032 24 24
Queen Square Medical Practice