Welsh GP prescriptions up by half

Welsh-GP-prescriptionsThe number of prescriptions distributed by GPs in Wales has seen an increase by half in a decade.

In Wales, more prescriptions are being given per person, in 2007 this led to charges being scrapped, than the other country within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In 2012 total prescriptions written were 74.2 million, up from 48.8 million in 2002.

However, in nine years, the overall price of prescribed medicines has fallen to its lowest level.

The new figures show 52.3 per cent increase in prescriptions and this has led to re-ignition of a political dialogue over Wales' free prescriptions policy.

Wales became the primary in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland nations that initiated scrapping of prescription charges and Scotland and Northern Ireland have since done identical.

Welsh Conservatives would present charges for a few folks, defrayment the cash saved on different elements of the NHS.

But the Welsh government stated that it was a doctors will to decide whether a patient needed a prescription or not and leaving them free had not modified that.

Wales dispenses24.3 prescriptions per head of population, compared to 20.8 in Northern Ireland, 18.7 in England and 18.6 in Scotland.

A Welsh government voice said, "The variety of prescription things distributed increased by two hundredth in Wales between 2007 and 2012 and twenty sixth in England over identical amount."