Gluten free

This consultation closed on 14 November 2017

From 1st May 2018, Morecambe Bay registered patients will no longer be able to get Gluten free products on NHS prescription from their GP or in the case residents in South Cumbria directly from community pharmacies.

NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is following over 80 other CCGs across the country including Blackpool, Greater Preston, Chorley & South Ribble, Fylde & Wyre, East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen who have already adopted a no-prescribing policy for gluten-free foods.

This decision follows a review of gluten free prescribing that considered comments from local public engagement and the national guidance recently issued by NHS England, following a national consultation.

Please read the full press release:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this consultation; altogether we received 254 responses. Involving local patients, members of the public, carers and patient representative groups is important to the CCG so that we can be assured of commissioning the best possible services that meet the needs of local patients and that represent the best possible value for money.

View the Equality Impact Assessment for the gluten free consultation that Morecambe Bay CCG undertook  


Gluten Free Consultation national outcome 

On Thursday 1 February the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) released the formal government response to the consultation on the ‘Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription’. This outlined that a decision had been taken to nationally restrict gluten-free prescribing to bread and mixes only. You can also read the full report on responses, national impact assessment, equality impact assessments and the full Q&A on the DHSC website.