The Stupid Party (aka the Tories) are against free prescriptions in Wales, saying that the number of prescriptions had risen by 20% in five years from 2006-2010. They blamed this rise on the introduction of free prescriptions by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2007, alleging GPs were chucking free drugs at patients.
Now we have news that prescriptions in England went up by 70% in the decade from 2000-2010. In England, prescriptions currently cost £7.20.
The rise, according to the NHS Information Centre, is down to the rising number of elderly people in the population, who on average need more prescriptions.
So despite Wales having a higher proportion of elderly people than England, the rise in prescriptions is slightly lower. Which directly contradicts the Stupid Party's claims.
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