DHSC decision to retain access to gluten-free breads and mixes

We join Coeliac UK in welcoming the decision to retain access to gluten-free bread and mixes on prescription.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recognises the value of gluten-free foods for coeliacs. The DHSC ran a consultation on the ‘Availability of gluten-free foods on prescription in primary care’ between 31st March and 22 June 2017. The outcome has now been announced; with a decision to retain access to gluten-free bread and mixes on prescription. (Full DHSC announcement)

The British Specialist Nutrition Association, which represents manufacturers of gluten-free products on prescription, has been invited along with Coeliac UK, clinicians and the relevant Government bodies to help implement this decision.

For information on progress about this decision we suggest that you check Coeliac UKs news page. (Full Story on Coeliac UK)


3 Responses to “DHSC decision to retain access to gluten-free breads and mixes”

    • Juvela Admin

      At the moment, it is unclear how this will affect those CCGs who have already ceased prescribing. Coeliac UK have stated that the outcome means that they will now work towards ensuring that individual CCGs fulfil their obligations to manage the health of their patients with coeliac disease. However, as CCGs are autonomous, they do not have to follow national guidelines, but we are hopeful that the Department of Health’s decision to retain bread and flour mixes on prescription will mean it is more difficult for those CCGs to justify their decision to withdraw gluten-free prescribing.
      We would advise you to check Coeliac UK’s news page for any progress on this decision.

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  1. Mr.C.Blake

    Wonderful news. People need the basics like bread and mixes. Hopefully, those that have had theirs stopped, can be given back on prescription.

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