Gluten Free Prescribing

Healthwatch Milton Keynes facilitated two focus groups with a view to understanding the impact of the changes to gluten free prescribing on participants.
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Based on participants' experiences, the report highlighted the following recommendations: 

  • HWMK would like Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group to consider taking a consistent approach to prescribing, in line with The National Health Services (General Medical Services Contracts)(Prescription of Drugs etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 for the prescribing of gluten-free (GF) foods so Milton Keynes residents have equality of access.
  • We recognise that the CCG have reviewed their position in light of the National Survey, but would ask that they consider this report, and its recommendations, in the prescribing group.
  • Ensure that patients have easy access to information about their right to request their GP make an IFR and are not discouraged from doing so.
  • Add a link to the Joint Trusts Formulary website to the CCG website.
  • Review the IFR process to ensure GPs treat patients consistently and that the process itself is not a barrier to identifying and supporting genuine need.
  • As all Coeliac patients require a Gluten Free diet, a main barrier to receiving treatment is the ability to afford GF Foods.  HWMK would ask that, because of this, socio economic factors be allowed as part of the IFR. 


Click the link below to read the full report. 

Gluten Free Prescribing Report

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