Posted by Paul Davey at 05/12/2016 11:43:39
Residents across west Kent are being asked for their views on proposals by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning group (CCG) to stop routine prescriptions for gluten-free products for people with coeliac disease.
Even with much greater availability of gluten-free products in shops and online, NHS West Kent CCG has continued giving prescriptions for a limited number of standard gluten-free items per month for patients who have the condition. These standard products include: fresh and long-life bread, flour mix, plain savoury crackers, pasta and pure oats breakfast cereal. Depending on age, a patient can receive up to 18 items per month, with extra items allowed for breastfeeding women and women in the third trimester of pregnancy.
With a limited budget and an increasing demand for services, NHS West Kent CCG is evaluating every service it pays for and making decisions about the best value for all its patients.
The CCG wants to know whether the people of west Kent agree with the proposals, if there are any groups who would be particularly impacted by the change and, if so, how that impact could be reduced.
A series of public roadshows are being held to enable local people to discuss the proposals and have their say. The next is being held on 7 December at Tesco, Sevenoaks between 11-3pm.
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03000424348.
There are a number of other ways that people can respond to the consultation:
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- Via an online survey
- Printed copies of the consultation and survey will be available in community and children’s centres, hospital waiting rooms, GP practices and gateways.
- Other roadshows will be held between 29 November 2016 and 29 January 2017