End to prescribed baby milks and glutten free food?

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Cash-strapped health chiefs are hoping to save nearly £1.5million by stopping prescribed baby milk and gluten-free food.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is running a consultation on changes to its pharmacy services.

Chief pharmacist, Sati Ubhi, said: “This consultation is important as it will help us to develop pharmacy services whilst at the same time balancing the resources that we have for the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

The organisation currently spends more than £1 million a year on baby milk.

Under the new plans, GPs could no longer prescribe soya or thickened formula as these can now be bought in shops.

A consultation document says: “With the exception of specialised formula for particular medical conditions, it is felt that this should be managed directly by the patient’s parents through their choices.

“The CCG can use this saving to support front-line services such as A&E departments, ambulances and operations.”

It also spends £370,000 on gluten-free foods but is proposing to stop this as these products are now available over the counter.

The organisation also spends £230,000 a year on two minor ailment schemes, which provide free medication for common childhood ailments without the need to see a GP.

A consultation event on the plans will be held in Wisbech Library on May 10, 10.30am to noon.