Gluten free

Public Consultation

We want to hear your views on gluten-free prescribing

The NHS has been prescribing gluten-free foods for 30 years to people who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. The Isle of Wight (IW) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is spending an estimated £226,000 a year. When the service was started gluten-free foods were not available in supermarkets and little was known about substitutes for a healthy diet. As demand for healthcare services is increasing and the budget is limited, this service is being evaluated in view of current evidence.

The IW CCG is reviewing its policy on gluten-free foods as part of prioritising healthcare spending to reflect the current needs of the population. It would like to propose reducing prescribing of gluten free foods this year and stopping the supply of gluten-free foods on prescription from next April 2017. The CCG would like to understand the support people would need to control their diet and is actively seeking views.

The consultation closed on 21 October 2016.

During that time we will work with HealthWatch and the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to ensure that a range of patient and public views are captured for consideration.