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We want your views on our gluten free prescribing proposals


For more than 30 years, the NHS has prescribed gluten free foods to patients who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Across Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby this costs over £90,000 a year. This service started when gluten-free foods were not as easily available as they are today. The NHS has a limited budget and with an increasing demand for services it must evaluate every service it pays for.

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG (HRW CCG) want your feedback on proposals to restrict the prescribing of gluten free products to all patient groups, except those with greater nutritional need e.g. undernourished children.

This proposal is part of a wider review on prescribing.

Have your say

A period of public engagement is therefore open from Thursday 30 June 2016 until 12pm on Thursday 21 July 2016.

Please note that this period of public engagement included an online questionnaire which closed on Thursday 21 July 2016. 

A decision has been taken by the CCG's Governing Body to restrict prescribing of gluten free foods to all patients, apart from those in exceptional circumstance, from 1 September 2016. Read more