Welsh Conservatives pledge to keep free prescriptions


Andrew RT Davies (Welsh Parliament). (Image: Gwalia)

The Welsh Conservatives have promised to maintain free prescriptions if the party is elected to government after May's Senedd election.


Free prescriptions were introduced in the country in 2007 by the Welsh Labour government and the Conservatives have officially opposed them until now.


The party now says that free prescriptions will be "at the heart" of its offer to older people and others alike.


Prescription charges were abolished in Scotland in 2011, but are not free in England.


When voting to introduce free prescriptions in 2007, the Welsh Conservatives and Welsh Liberal Democrats abstained on the vote.


The policy U-turn comes after the Welsh Conservatives have released a raft of new election promises aimed at older people in the run up to the Senedd election.


These include:

  • Maintaining free bus travel

  • Trial free rail travel for over 75s

  • Free entry to CADW sites for over 75s


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