Hi folks I heard this on the news this morning and I think that we all knew that it was coming.
In February I asked for a repeat prescription at my Dr's even though I should have 'reviewed' it in Sept 2016 I was told that I could review it by phone and my Dr would ring me after surgery, which they did and they invited me into the surgery for a blood test the following morning and then to make an appt with my Dr who is one of the senior Dr's in my practice.
When I saw the Dr she told me that she wanted to talk to me about my diet as I did not get food on prescription and there were claims that coeliac who did not get food on prescription were non compliant with their diet. And asked how I saw my diet, I replied that I tried to eat a whole food gluten free diet and I felt slightly indignant about being thought of as non compliant so I replied that I did not eat many foods classed as gf because they actually contained low levels of gluten. So she said then you ought to get food on prescription. I told her that a lot of it was highly processed wheat and it made me slightly anaemic and lowered my micro nutrient levels.
She then told me that lots of coeliac were low in iron and vitamin D and that my levels were not only normal but high so I smiled sweetly, I was weighed and her comment was that I ought to put on some weight, I replied that I cycled a lot and liked being active and that my BMI is around 20.
When I was leaving her consulting room she asked are you sure you don't want any flour on prescription and I said no thanks she then told me that she thought that the cost to the NHS was criminal and said maybe she should tell her coeliac patients to eat real food? And thanked me for seeing her. I just smiled at her and thanked her for seeing me and giving me a thorough examination. But on reflection the interview was loaded as in the past I have had repeat prescriptions without seeing anyone for longer than this.
Here's a link to a couple of articles in todays papers including the Mail as the interview was with them:
If I'm honest I think that over the counter painkillers like paracetamol which cost pennies should not be on prescription as the chemist gets a £1.00 handling fee for all prescriptions but I feel for coeliac who feel dependent on prescription foods and feel that those of us who don't should share how we deal with our diets and I'm sorry of this is a bit long winded.