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NHS “wasting” millions prescribing overpriced gluten-free products

The NHS spending millions of pounds prescribing gluten-free food products to coeliac sufferers is “a scandal”, according to family doctors.

Gluten-free food prescriptions cost the NHS £25.7million last year, and around 40 per cent of clinical commissioning groups in England have made cuts to save cash.

But, in a BMJ article this week, GP Doctor James Cave said: “It’s ludicrous for the NHS to be treating a food product as a drug and to require GPs and pharmacists to behave as grocers.”

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