Last week I went to collect my medication from our local pharmacy in Sainsbury's.
Realising I am a coeliac, the pharmacist handed me a leaflet published by Bedfordshire NHS describing their new system that would enable me to obtain gluten free products directly from the pharmacy.
All I had to do was see my GP and get the appropriate documents from him to start the process.
My GP rejected the system instantly. "You can't just go and get gluten free food without a prescription". "Who is going to pay for it". "You have to be a diagnosed coeliac......oh I see you are"
Obviously the poor fellow had never heard of this whacky, expensive scheme that the NHS had rolled out in Bedford.
This makes me wonder how the communication system works between the NHS and GPs. Is there one? My GP relies on his Manager for advice. Anything that costs money has to be approved, naturally.
I can imagine a Manager type person looking at the new scheme and binning it straight away, hoping that nobodyever asks about it.
I now have to phone the NHS during my working day and discuss this in an open plan office, where the underground communication system runs faster than a rat on fire. The NHS should get one. They are free.
My GP on the other hand has agreed to discuss the matter with his Manager to find out if I, Sainsbury's and the NHS are telling the truth.
I will keep you posted.