NHS prescribing of gluten-free foods

Closed 22 Jun 2017

Opened 31 Mar 2017


Our consultation asks for your views on Department of Health proposals to make changes to the availability of gluten-free foods that are prescribed on the NHS.

Why We Are Consulting

Gluten-free (GF) foods are available on prescription to patients diagnosed with gluten sensitivity enteropathies and have been since the late 1960s when their availability was extremely limited.

A wide range of GF foods is now readily available in supermarkets and other food outlets, meaning that the ability of patients to obtain these foods without a prescription has greatly increased. Our consultation proposes options for restricting the availability of these products.

Your feedback will help inform our work and help us to carefully consider how we can make the best use of NHS resources, without causing detrimental health effects to patients.

What Happens Next

We are in the process of analysing responses to the consultation and anticipate pubishing a formal response in the summer.


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