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GPs to trial giving patients vouchers for gluten-free foods

GPs in Yorkshire are to give out supermarket vouchers for gluten free foods instead of issuing prescriptions under a pilot scheme aimed at freeing up GP time and cutting costs.

NHS Vale of York CCG said the scheme would allow GPs to give patients vouchers for six months, redeemable at a number of supermarkets, cutting down on GP visits for prescriptions and reducing NHS spend on ‘luxury foods’ such as cakes and biscuits.

GPs would give out the vouchers for staple foods, such as bread and flour, in one six-month lump sum, reducing the need for GP visits that would normally have been taken up by patients requiring gluten-free prescriptions.

The scheme requires 100 coeliac patients to commit to the scheme over six months, waiving their access to prescriptions for gluten free food for the duration.

NHS Vale of York CCG said: ’Prescription uptake of coeliac patients is not 100% but even if all patients [in the NHS Vale of York CCG] decided to take up

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