Gluten free prescribing, have your say…

Updated: 7 November 2017

Gluten free prescribing; public consultation ***new event date announced***

As the commissioner of healthcare services, the CCG has a statutory responsibility to deliver healthcare services within the resources that are allocated to the Vale of York.  You may be aware that the demands on the local healthcare system have led to a £44million shortfall in financial resources, meaning it is now essential for funding for services to be prioritised to meet the needs of the most vulnerable patients.  This need to prioritise resources has led the CCG to review NHS GFF provision in the Vale of York.

The CCG is undertaking a public consultation regarding proposals to replace prescribing of gluten free foods with a top-up visa card scheme. This top-up visa card will only be made available to the most vulnerable patients or parents / guardians of vulnerable patients, on the basis that they receive one of the following means tested income benefits:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (paid on its own or with a  contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance)

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (paid on its own or with contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance)

Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit - paid on its own or with Pension Credit Savings Credit)

NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate

Universal Credit

The purpose of the consultation is to give people the opportunity to provide feedback to the CCG regarding the proposal and for people to have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the proposals.

Have your say and provide your feedback via our survey

The CCG is undertaking a public consultation period, between 9 October 2017 and 24 November 2017 to capture feedback on the proposals by completion of this short Gluten Free Foods survey.

The survey is also available in alternative formats (e.g. paper version, large type, other languages) on request. Please contact us either using the phone number 01904 555870 or by emailing


The CCG is holding a public event to discuss the proposals.  The details are:

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

Time: 6 - 7pm

Venue: George Hudson Room, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

If you are unable to attend the event you can still share your view by completing the survey at    

Find out more - frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions about the proposals and the move to a top-up card scheme. Click here to view our frequently asked questions.