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    Are Local UK Health Plans Dangerous for People with Celiac Disease?

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      Local health chiefs in UK are beings slammed for what critics are calling a pointless consultation over gluten-free food prescriptions. Cutting prescriptions could lead to 'health inequality' say critics.

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    Celiac.com 07/24/2018 - The UK is in the midst of a national evaluation and reshaping of gluten-free prescription practices for people with celiac disease. Meanwhile, local health authorities in Calderdale, UK, are catching heat for a plan to consult with local people on proposed prescription cuts for gluten-free foods, branded medications and over the counter supermarket items.

    Critics, including leading charity, Coeliac UK, strongly oppose cutting gluten-free prescriptions for patients in Calderdale and elsewhere. They say the plan is a pointless waste of time and money, as results are due in from a nationwide consultation.

    Chief executive Sarah Sleet described the move by the NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as a poor use of public money. The Commissioning Group claims that consulting with local people over the plans could save £800,000 a year, while Sleet warns that, if approved, the move will result in “health inequality.”

    The Commissioning Group is proposing to eliminate funding of certain gluten-free products on prescription, thus saving £120,000. The plan would affect all people who receive gluten-free foods on prescription.  Coeliac UK contends that any reduction or elimination of gluten-free prescriptions will negatively impact the ability of celiac patients, to access needed gluten-free foods.

    The consultation exercise in Calderdale is slated to run through December 4. Meanwhile, Results are forthcoming from a recently concluded national consultation on gluten-free prescription practices in the UK.

    Stay tuned for more on what these decisions mean for UK residents living with celiac disease.

    See the CCG's online consultation survey.

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    It is a waste of money & resources unless the products are cleared of gluten cross-reactors in addition to the gluten in the staple products:

    1. Yeast

    2. Egg

    3. Dairy

    Additionally, oils not specified as extra-virgin should be avoided by celiac patients.

    Isn't it interesting that this is an issue since only 1.4% of the population is affected?

    How will the non-celiac sensitivity diseased patients be managed? 

    How will the farmers & food manufacturers be affected when the number of celiac & gluten sensitive cases rise to 10% or 15% or 25% of the population? 

    Why didn't scientist think this far into the future prior to the introduction of Chemical Hybridizing Agents (CHA's) & CMS system?

    ANSWER: $$Wheat economics$$





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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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