In June 2017 NEW Devon CCG announced their new prescribing guidance for gluten free products. The new guidance recommended that patients under 18 years of age should be able to receive a limited range of gluten free items; bread, flour, multipurpose flour mixes, and pasta, on prescription. Patients aged 18 years and over should no longer receive gluten free products on prescription.
Following this decision, which came into effect on 1st July 2017, Healthwatch Devon received feedback from several people that were unhappy with these changes.
We wanted to know what others felt about these changes, including those who might not be directly affected by the changes to the policy regarding gluten free prescriptions. How the NHS allocates its resources is something that impacts on everyone.
This report combines the feedback we received regarding the changes in gluten free prescription policy as well as results from a survey asking for views on which products should routinely be available on prescription.
Read our full report