(2) what effect the recent decision by the Welsh Assembly Government to fund free prescriptions will have on (a) English NHS patients accessing NHS services in Wales and (b) Welsh patients accessing NHS services in England; and if she will make a statement.
The decision to fund free prescriptions in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government. There will be no changes to the current arrangements for English national health service patients accessing NHS services in Wales. The English charging arrangements will continue to apply the same as if the prescription was dispensed in England. Welsh patients accessing NHS services in England will be subject to the English charging arrangements with the exception of those patients in border areas who are resident in Wales but registered with English general practitioner practices. We understand that they will be issued with an entitlement card that will allow them to receive free prescriptions from Welsh pharmacies.