Saturday, 31st August, 2013.

That’s The Way The Money Goes

     Upwards of two-thousand A & E patients had to hang around in Welsh hospitals during the past year.   The figures I saw calculated that an average of thirty-nine patients had to hang around for more than twenty-four hours every week.

In Departments set up to deal with emergencies, you and I know that the record is simply not good enough.

Wales’ NHS is pretty good on the whole – as I know from personal experience.   But it could be better.

More money needs to be spent – in Wales and the rest of the “United” Kingdom – on the needs of our people.

Yet, if the millions of pounds needed to invade Syria can be found so readily, why can’t the cash for bettering out National Health Service?

(That is a rhetorical question:  anyone with half-a-brain will know the answer!)

My “It’s Only Wales” Department . . .

     . . . has received another query about facilities in Wales.   It continues, more or less, from my previous comments about our NHS.

If you have need to phone in most of Wales, there are precious few call-boxes – especially in rural areas.   So a mobile-phone is very useful in emergencies.

Yet vast areas of our land are not yet covered by mobile-phone networks.

A friend of mine was involved in quite a nasty car-crash on a country road late at night in Winter.   It was very dark and, though nobody was injured, two cars were damaged and blocking the road on a sharpish bend.

Out came his mobile to ring the police and – surprise, surprise – he had no signal.   Eventually, one of the people involved in the accident walked a long way, found a house and asked if he could use the home-phone.   The police arrived in double-quick time and the matter was sorted.

Even in some of our larger rural villages, there is no mobile-signal – from any mobile-phone company.

Perhaps we should be campaigning to our Welsh Government to sort the situation.

Sad Sickos

     A fund was set up after the sad murder of little April Jones up there in Machynlleth.   It was in her memory and was created to do good things.

A collection-box was left on the counter of the Chimes Café in the town for donations.   There was about ninety pounds in it.

And it was stolen by unfeeling thieves.

Machynlleth Councillor Michael Williams is quoted as saying the theft was “a loathsome and despicable act”.   All decent people will agree with him.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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