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GPs in a Herefordshire village have found themselves at the centre of a bizarre border dispute between English and Welsh governments.

Around 700 patients at the Golden Valley Practice in Ewyas Harold have found they do not qualify for reduced prescription charges introduced in Wales, even though they are Welsh

residents.

This month prescription charges in Wales were cut to £3, compared with £6.65 in England, but patients must pay the higher price because their practice is in Herefordshire PCT in England.

The patients are unable to have their English prescriptions dispensed by Welsh pharmacists.

GP Dr Richard Griffiths said: 'This is half-baked. It's ridiculous because patients can still get pre-payments for prescriptions at the Welsh price.

'I feel sorry for the patients ­ logic dictates that if Wales passes a law, its residents should be subject to it,' he said.

Dr Griffiths added that patients could not register at Welsh practices because of the large distances they would have to travel.

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly Government said that it was looking to amend legislation to address the issue.

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