Saturday, 30th May, 2015.

More NHS News

     No, I’m not going to go on about the Wasteminster government in London planning to sell off our NHS to profit-making businesses.

But I must comment on what’s been happening at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.   In case you haven’t encountered that new name before, Betsi Cadwaladr Uni is up in Bangor.

It is being said that the Health Board is almost unmanageable.

There are terrible reports about the way patients seem to have been treated in the hospital’s Mental Health unit.   Allegedly, they have been treated like animals.

Now this is in our Welsh NHS.   I know from my own experience that we have some lovely, caring people working at “the sharp end” of that Service:  doctors and nursing staff.

So what we should be asking is “How did this situation occur?”

With so many kind people working in the Welsh NHS, surely one of them must have reported what was happening long ago.   Or was that report hushed up by those with vested interests?

A Town Of Cultural Value

     I’m often surprised on my visits to Hay-on-Wye that the little town is such a popular venue for all sorts of cultural events, many of which are internationally acclaimed.

Hay Festival is in full swing at the moment, and the town is seeming with visitors.   How about that for putting Wales on the map?!

And the Festival was once described by a President of the United States, no less, as “The Woodstock of the mind”.   I don’t know about that, and feel that little old Wales has a treasure in Hay-on-Wye greater than Woodstock and many other events!

A Celtic Controversy

     It’s not decided yet to allow Swansea Bay to have a tidal lagoon.

To create such a thing means that stone will have to be imported from our Celtic neighbour, Cernow – or, as the locals spell it “Kernow” – or as the English call it “Cornwall”.   And the Cornish people who care about their nation are against the idea.

That’s because a quarry near St. Keverne will have to be reopened to obtain the stone.   And that, in turn, will damage marine life.

Of course, the carrot of “job creation” is already being dangled in front of the Cornish.   If the quarry is opened, forty jobs will be up for grabs.   There’s no mention of how long those jobs will last.

So the question must be asked:  “Why does Swansea Bay need a tidal lagoon?”

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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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