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    Coeliac UK Charity Pushes Back Against Plan to Scrap Gluten-Free Food Prescriptions

    Jefferson Adams

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      Coeliac UK charity says that plan to scrap gluten-free food prescriptions violates Government guidance

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    Celiac.com 01/06/2020 - National charity Coeliac UK is opposing the further proposed cuts to gluten-free prescriptions for many patients in Buckinghamshire, which they say goes against the Government’s decision to maintain this essential support for all patients with celiac disease.

    For those unfamiliar with the British system of getting gluten-free food to people with celiac and other gluten sensitivities, the system works by providing prescriptions for gluten-free bread and flour mixes.

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    Citing recent trends toward more readily available gluten-free foods in general, there has been a push by some in UK government to eliminate food prescriptions, which are currently handled as part of the NHS, the UK's famous health program.

    The charity points to a recent effort by the NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to include people who would not be affected by any policy change in their survey of views on the matter of eliminating access to gluten-free bread and flour mix currently available on prescription. The charity fears that allowing people with no actual stake in the matter to comment, including those who don't understand why people need gluten-free food, or who see gluten-free food as a lifestyle choice, rather than a medical necessity, will skew the debate and the result.

    The charity's concern is that cuts to gluten-free prescriptions may leave some celiac patients without access to the gluten-free food they need to maintain their diet, which is medically necessary to treat celiac disease. 

    The charity has encouraged all those affected to complete an online survey so that their opinions are heard. Although the survey is now closed, the responses to it will be published on February 10, 2020. 

    What do you think? Should people who don't have celiac disease or gluten-intolerance have a say in the debate over access to gluten-free food? Share your thought in the comments below.

    Read more at bucksherald.co.uk

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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 2,500 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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