In 2016, NHS Kernow’s Governing Body decided it would no longer support the supply of gluten-free foods on prescription, following a seven-week consultation. This decision took into account the availability of gluten-free foods in shops and online; and an increased awareness of coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis compared to when gluten-free products were made available on prescription more than 30 years ago.
In 2017, the Department of Health and Social Care also consulted on whether changes should be made to the availability of gluten-free foods on prescription. The department’s recommendations have now been published and the legislation used by clinicians to prescribe gluten-free food will need to be amended.
Until a legal amendment is made, NHS Kernow will continue to uphold its decision. This position will be reviewed when regulations have been drafted and shared with the CCG.