NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organisation led by 35 GP practices, responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for the local population. They simply do not have enough money to continue to buy all the services they currently do in the same way as before. To address this they need to find ways of reducing costs in some areas in order to protect other essential services.
NHS West Cheshire CCG will not fund the prescribing of medicines and treatments for minor, short term conditions where:
- self care is the most appropriate route
- medicines and treatments are available to buy over the counter
Gluten Free Products
One of the areas that have been identified by the Clinical Commissioning Group is the prescribing of Gluten Free products which are provided to patients on prescription. These products – which include flour, bread, pasta, biscuits and pizza base mix – were added to the list of products available on prescription when they were not easily available to buy locally.
Today these products are more widely available from supermarkets and are sold to the public at prices that are considerably lower than the NHS is charged when bought for use on prescription. There are also many other alternative sources of carbohydrate that do not contain gluten, for example rice and potato.
The Clinical Commissioning Group decided to stop funding this on 1st October 2016. The full consultation report and a question and answer document explaining their decision further can be found on their website.
Should you require more information about this, please contact their Patient Experience Team on 0800 132996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for making decisions about what healthcare is provided locally. They publish these decisions in clinical and prescribing policies.