No more gluten-free food on prescription to Norwich residents

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Health bosses have announced the end of gluten-free food supplied on prescription to people living in the city.

Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for healthcare in the area, has decided to withdraw gluten-free food on prescription from December 1.

The CCG said the move would save the NHS around £250,000 in total, with the CCG themselves paying £93,000 per year for the food itself.

The rest of the cost comes from the procuring, dispensing, and handling of the food, which is paid by NHS England.

Sheila Glenn, chief nurse and director of quality, strategy, and innovation at the CCG, said: 'While we recognise that people who are used to receiving gluten-free food on prescription will be disappointed, we believe this is the right decision.

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North Norfolk CCG were the first in the country to stop issuing gluten-free food on prescription earlier this year.

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South Norfolk CCG is also looking at scrapping the service, while Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG has restricted its criteria for eligibility.

West Norfolk CCG has said it is 'reviewing' all aspects of its prescribing budget.

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