Big rise in level of free medicine
THE number of prescriptions dispensed by GPs in Wales has grown by more than 50 per cent in 10 years.
New figures have revealed that 74.2 million prescriptions were written last year, up from 48.8 million in 2002.
And more prescriptions are given per person in Wales, which scrapped charges in 2007, than any other country in the UK.
A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "The number of prescription items dispensed increased by 20 percent in Wales between 2007 and 2012 and 26 percent in England over the same period.
"There is no link between the number of prescriptions per head and prescription charges — Wales has dispensed more prescriptions per head than England since as far back as 1973."
In response to the figures Shadow health minister Darren Millar said: "Welsh Conservatives would end this culture by scrapping Labour's free-for-all."