A very interesting report on Newsnight about the NHS, is sure to spark another round of gluten controversy. Coeliac disease sufferers can develop serious symptoms like osteoporosis and bowel cancer. Right now a Gluten Free diet is the best course of action, since their is no cure.
An intolerance to gluten,which is found in wheat, barley and rye, can be a nightmare.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said prescriptions encouraged sufferers to stick to gluten-free diets but that the area was “under ongoing review”.
“The aim of providing gluten-free food products on NHS prescription is to encourage patients with coeliac disease to stick to a gluten-free, nutritious diet so they do not go on to develop more serious illnesses, which can affect their quality of life as well as being much more costly for the NHS,” he said in a statement.
“However, we keep this area of prescribing under ongoing review and are currently considering how we might get better value from the prescribing of gluten-free products whilst ensuring patients continue to get the products they need.”
The main issue is the original costs vs manufacturing, handling and delivery. But long term savings for helping with a gluten free diet would seem to be a no-brainer.