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Wales denies free prescription claims

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The Welsh Assembly Government has dismissed claims it is running out of cash to fund free prescriptions as ‘absolute nonsense.’

The story, which appeared in a Sunday newspaper yesterday, claimed that scrapping prescription charges last year has cost the assembly government more than the £30m it has anticipated.

GPs issuing prescriptions for over the counter items, including milk of magnesia and aspirin, were blamed for creating the spiralling cost by the newspaper.

A government spokesperson said: ‘The Welsh Assembly Government told the News of the World on Friday that there was absolutely no intention of pulling the plug on our free prescription scheme.

‘We're at a loss to understand where this story has come from.’

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