Croydon, a town of approximately 175,000 people, in South London, England, is to stop providing gluten free food on prescription.
The Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is the NHS organisation responsible for the decision. In a proposal presentation, the CCG say that while they recognise Coeliac disease can be a serious condition, a gluten-free diet does not require clinical supervision.
Starting in the new financial year, gluten free food along with baby milk, vitamins and self care medication will all be cut from the prescriptions list.
To add insult to injury, the CCG is based in Bernard Weatherill House, a building famed for it’s £133.7m price tag, making it possibly one of the most expensive council headquarters every constructed: https://insidecroydon.com/2014/07/15/at-220m-is-fishers-folly-the-most-costly-council-hq-ever/
You can read the full story of the prescription cuts here: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-croydon-families-will-not-be-prescribed-baby-milk-or-gluten-free-products-in-new-financial-year/story-30076049-detail/story.html