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Ten years of free prescriptions for everyone in Wales
is a "long-term investment" in people's health.
That's according to the Health Secretary Vaughan Gething -
who says the policy has kept people out of hospital and cut
overall NHS costs.
But the Conservatives say the cost is still too high,
and those who can afford it should pay for their medicine.
Rebecca John reports.
Wales became the first of the UK nations to make prescriptions
free a decade ago today.
Northern Ireland and Scotland have since followed suit.
The Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, says
the policy is progressive, reducing hospital attendance
and pressure on GPs.
It's a celebration of our landmark policy that's
made a real difference.
People who used to worry about access to prescription
medication, the cost of it, but a system that is much fairer.
The old system didn't make sense for lots of people
with chronic conditions.
The income thresholds are much simpler.
It's a cleaner system.
And, actually, we think it's cost-effective too.
The Welsh government says, in 2015, the cost of free
descriptions was ?593 million.
Only ?3 million more than the bill in 2007.
But the Welsh Conservatives say apart from those with chronic health
conditions higher rate tax should pay for their descriptions.
Descriptions are a valuable part of the NHS.
But what we should remember is there are huge pressures
within the Welsh NHS, and actually, I don't think it's
unreasonable for people who earn 40% tax to pay for their prescriptions
When you can get Paracetamol on the NHS, and they cost 20 or 30p,
surely, a small donation to pay for that would release more funds
for valuable services in a service under pressure?
The Welsh government says introducing a means tested system
would take time and money.
And there's no evidence it would lead to better outcomes.
Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats also
support free prescriptions.
Today prescription charges in England rose by 20p to ?8.60.
But the Department of Health says due to exemptions,
90% of prescriptions in England are also free.
The operation is continuing through the weekend to recover
a crashed helicopter in Snowdonia.
The bodies of five people on board, who were all from the same family,
were recovered yesterday.
Poor weather and the terrain of the Rhinog mountains has been
hampering the efforts.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard
the helicopter in the Trawsfynydd area on Wednesday afternoon.
A 28-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital
following what police have described as a serious assault in Bangor.
It happened in the early hours of this morning outside the Peep
nightclub on Dean Street in the city.
A 26-year-old local man has been arrested and is being question
on suspicion of assault.
Officers are appealing for witnesses.
Drivers are being advised to plan their journeys
with the closure of one of the Brynglas Tunnels on the M4
westbound near Newport later this evening.
Traffic will be diverted until Monday morning.
It's part of upgrading work and is the first of seven closures
between now and the end of June affecting both of the tunnels.
Let's turn to sport now and in football Cardiff
City were beaten 3 - 1 at Wolves in the Championship.
Newport County gave themselves some hope of avoiding relegation
from League Two with a 1-nil win over Crawley.
And there was a lunchtime kick-off for Wrexham in the National League.
An early Olly Marx own goal saw them lose 1-nil to promotion-chasing
Tranmere at the Racecourse.
Onto snooker and Mark Williams is through to the final
of the China Open.
The 2-time former World Champion beat Hossein Vafayee 6-1
in their semi-final in Beijing.
Victory in tomorrow's final against Mark Selby will see Williams
automatically qualify for the World Championships
at the expense of fellow Welshman Ryan Day.
Rugby and Cardiff Blues kick-off in just over an hour
in their European Challenge Cup quarter final at Gloucester.
Meanwhile , Ospreys players and staff had a run-out
at the Principality Stadium earlier.
They face Stade Francais in another quarter-final tomorrow.
The match was switched away from the Liberty Stadium due
to Swansea City's Premier League match at home to Middlesbrough
which kicks-off tomorrow lunchtime.
Before I go let's take a look at the weather and tonight any
showers will ease leading to a dry night.
It will be a little chillier than recently though with some
mist or fog patches too.
Tomorrow morning any of that early mist or fog will soon clear,
leading to plenty of bright and sunny spells and it will feel
warm in the light winds.
Highs of 14 celsius. Before I go let's take a look
We're back around the same time tomorrow, enjoy your evening.
From all of us here, goodbye.