Patients are advised that a change to national guidance means from 1 December, only bread and bread mix gluten-free products will be available on NHS prescription. This brings Medway in line with Department of Health Guidance.

 

The current NHS system for providing gluten-free products was introduced in the late 1960s, at a time when there was often no other way to obtain such foods. In recent times, the range and price of gluten free products available in supermarkets has improved dramatically, making it easier for patients on a gluten-free diet to access suitable foods.

Stuart Jeffery, Deputy Managing Director of Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explained: “The NHS recognises that some specialist gluten-free products, like bread and bread mixes, do still cost more, so by continuing to offer these items on prescription the aim is to help patients keep their weekly food bills broadly in line with the average.

“Gluten-free products on prescription actually cost more than the same products in the supermarket, so patients are asked to support their GP when these prescription requests are declined.”

This change means gluten-free foods such as pasta, biscuits and cereals will no longer be available on prescription.

To find out more about the outcome of the national consultation visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/availability-of-gluten-free-foods-on-nhs-prescription

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Notes to Editors

  • Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 299,660 across Medway.
  • Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time.
  • The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
  • It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions.
  • Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.