Keep free NHS prescriptions.
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Last year, the NHS promised to increase the budget by £8bn by 2020 - now severe cuts are being made that will affect many children, families, vulnerable individuals and many on low-income. In cutting their £22million spend on essential Gluten-free Foods, many Coeliac suffers will be forced to risk their health when they are not able to pay for gluten-free products. Typically a loaf of bread is 45p. Gluten-free bread ranges from £2.50-3. 5x the amount. Most low-income families are unable to accommodate expensive dietary changes and often go without. Which will in turn put more stress on the NHS as thousands of suffers will worsen due to the disease.
The Daily Mail stated:
“We will be backing them in new national guidelines that say those should not routinely be prescribed on the NHS.
“Part of what we are trying to do is make sure that we make enough headroom to spend money on the innovative new drugs by not wasting it on these kind of items.
"The price of gluten-free alternatives has come down substantially.
“There’s no doubt that coeliac disease is an important medical condition that’s increasingly being recognised. But when you look at the list of prescribable items it extends to digestive biscuits, pizzas and other products – there are legitimate questions to be answered.” (Telepgrah)
It is said the money will be used to develop more innovative expensive drugs similar to that of Roaccutane - Isotretinoin which is prescribed for acne but have known side effects like depression, severe headache, vision changes, hearing loss, chest pain and severe diarrhea
So if you are being affected by the never-ending government cuts or know someone who is going to be affected, please sign the petition and share the #glutenfreematters
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