On Tuesday 1st November, MP Kevan Jones has managed to secure a debate about gluten free prescribing in the House of Commons. The debate will be happening from 4pm at Westminster Hall.
The debate follows the announcement for the drop of gluten free prescriptions in Somerset from December and the proposal for prescriptions to be dropped in North, East and West Devon. Somerset will be yet another county joining the prescription drops which also includes Norfolk and parts of Yorkshire.
Coeliac UK are calling for as many MP's as possible to join the debate and are contacting MP's directly, especially in areas where prescriptions has been withdrawn, being withdrawn or are under threat. Getting as many MP's to debate is crucial to help influence the policy and extend the reach.
Coeliac UK are asking for Coeliacs to contact their local MP's and ask for their vote of support and also ask them to attend the debate.
For Coeliacs, prescriptions are essential in getting cheaper, vital foods such as bread, pasta and cereal which are extortionate prices in shops. On prescription, diagnosed Coeliacs can get access to certain foods for a fraction of the price.
If prescriptions are dropped all over the UK, many Coeliacs which are already under financial strain will find it even harder to eat safely, with this debate we hope MP's see the need for gluten free prescriptions to remain but that can only happen with their support.
We will keep you posted on how the debate goes, so keep your eyes peeled.