Ev­ery­one was kind and pro­fes­sional at hos­pi­tal

South Wales Echo - - Your Views -

I WAS dis­charged re­cently from the Charles Rad­cliffe ward, CAVOC, Llan­dough Hos­pi­tal after a 12-night stay.

I can­not praise too highly the con­sul­tants, sur­geons, anaes­thetists, doc­tors, phys­io­ther­a­pists, nurs­ing staff, the ladies who served the meals and the ward clean­ers. In fact, ev­ery­one in­volved.

There were quite a few na­tion­al­i­ties of staff but they all had one thing in com­mon: they were kind, pro­fes­sional and com­pas­sion­ate and I had ex­cel­lent care from all of them. How­ever pres­surised they were, they al­ways made you feel that you were im­por­tant.

The at­mos­phere on the ward was great and I’m sure this con­trib­uted to the pa­tients’ re­cov­ery. The food was var­ied and good.

The NHS is al­ways be­ing crit­i­cised in var­i­ous as­pects. Most peo­ple do not think how for­tu­nate we are to live in a coun­try where we can have the free med­i­cal treat­ment which is not avail­able in so many parts of the world.

As a child I re­mem­ber the days be­fore the NHS when, if you could not af­ford to pay, you could not have treat­ment.

I am so grate­ful for the NHS and the ded­i­cated peo­ple who work within it. Mrs E M Gibbs

Di­nas Powys

Over­crowd­ing the rea­son for term cut

SO now less than six months in jail is a waste of time! Not sur­prised with the com­forts sup­plied.

But what is the real rea­son for the re­moval of these jail terms. I would sug­gest its over­crowd­ing.

So why do we per­sist in jail­ing, in this coun­try, those for­eign na­tion­als who of­fend?

Is it not time to im­me­di­ately de­port those for­eign of­fend­ers for in­dictable of­fences less than cap­i­tal.

If de­pen­dents chose to stay on then no ben­e­fits should be paid un­til proof of tax pay­ing is es­tab­lished.

The UK talks a lot about get­ting the “right peo­ple” in.

I would call them Value Added Peo­ple but those who choose to of­fend cer­tainly don’t fall in to this cat­e­gory.

All these peo­ple are a drain on our re­sources - no use to any­one!

But do-good­ers please don’t say that these of­fend­ers are go­ing back to a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion or that they will only come back to the UK, that’s up to us to make sure that they don’t re-en­ter.

Time to send out the right mes­sage politi­cians make room for all our home­grown of­fend­ers! Ron Boyce

Old St Mel­lons, Cardiff

Iden­tify those be­hind im­mi­gra­tion

THE Gover­ment, via Javid, an­nounces yet an­other cri­sis (bor­ing!).

We al­ready know that sug­gested so­lu­tions will, ul­ti­mately fail.

This is the cur­rent “wave” of out­board-pow­ered small boats, seem­ingly iden­ti­cal, be­ing used by il­le­gal im­mi­grants to cross the English Chan­nel.

We see ships from HMRC and the Royal Navy be­ing de­ployed in a fu­tile ef­fort to stop them.

The French have ab­so­lute au­thor­ity in their wa­ters which can­not be del­e­gated.

Once on the high seas, in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, a ship’s master can only re­port on head­ing and po­si­tion.

The real prob­lem is that any ac­tion/re­ac­tion by ships of any na­tion is gov­erned by an­cient rules and laws.

In peace­time no-one can put the safety of any ves­sel, nor en­dan­ger the pas­sen­gers or crew by putting their lives or limbs at risk as this will re­sult in harsh pun­ish­ment.

Free pas­sage is a right and ig­nor­ing that is at the peril of those in­ter­rupt­ing it.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a ship’s master has a duty to aban­don ev­ery­thing and go to the aid of any­one call­ing for help. Fail­ure to do so is a crime.

Once these small boats are in UK wa­ters they can only be fol­lowed un­til beached, or boarded and taken to a home port.

Once foot has been set on our soil they are home free.

They can claim po­lit­i­cal asy­lum with all that en­tails and will prob­a­bly have ei­ther dis­posed of pass­ports or posted them to a wait­ing UK ad­dress. With­out that vi­tal doc­u­ment no-one can be ex­pelled or de­ported and no air or ship­ping line would ac­cept them.

Some­one is or­ches­trat­ing this for hard cash so if they can be iden­ti­fied per­haps that prob­lem can be solved. David Prichard Rum­ney, Cardiff

I am so grate­ful for the NHS and the ded­i­cated peo­ple who work within it

Mrs EM Gibbs Di­nas Powys

No deal would be bad for jobs here

BRITISH beef and lamb will be sold in Ja­pan after a 23 year trade ban is scrapped. The move is worth £127m to UK farm­ers in the next five years.

It will be up to the Welsh Assem­bly to fight for a fair share of the mar­ket for Wales.

If Welsh farm­ers lose out, then the Labour gov­ern­ment should take the brunt of any back­lash.

The Ja­pa­nese PM, Mr Shinzo Abe, has urged Mrs May to avoid a No Deal Brexit as many of the 1,000 Ja­pa­nese firms in the UK use it as a gate­way to Euro mar­kets.

The car in­dus­try also says a no deal would re­sult in job losses.

Please take note all you leavers whether you are MPs, com­pany own­ers or the gen­eral pub­lic.

A no deal would be very bad for jobs in Wales and the UK. An­drew Nutt


We con­tinue to rise to the chal­lenge

THIS year marks 85 years since Di­a­betes UK was founded, by nov­el­ist HG Wells and Dr RD Lawrence in Jan­uary 1934.

Through­out that time, we are proud to have been at the fore­front of di­a­betes break­throughs.

We have cam­paigned for change in di­a­betes care, sup­ported peo­ple through our helpline and lo­cal sup­port groups, cham­pi­oned the work of health­care pro­fes­sion­als, and funded life-chang­ing re­search.

From the de­vel­op­ment of the first in­sulin pen in the 1970s, to the launch of the dig­i­tal hand­held blood glu­cose me­ter, to be­ing closer than ever to mak­ing the ar­ti­fi­cial pan­creas a re­al­ity, re­search funded by Di­a­betes UK – made pos­si­ble only by our sup­port­ers – con­tin­ues to change the lives of peo­ple with dia-

betes for the bet­ter.

Look­ing to the fu­ture, as we learn more about Type 2 di­a­betes, we want to make remission from the con­di­tion a re­al­ity for as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

The Di­a­betes UK-funded Di­RECT study, our largest ever re­search award, has added to the much-needed ev­i­dence that remission can be achieved.

But di­a­betes re­mains one of the big­gest health crises fac­ing Wales to­day.

There are now more than 191,000 peo­ple in Wales di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion, as well as al­most 60,000 cur­rently liv­ing with the con­di­tion but who are yet to be di­ag­nosed.

We con­tinue to rise to this chal­lenge as we know that, to­gether, we can cre­ate a world where di­a­betes can do no harm. For more in­for­ma­tion on our work in Wales, go to www.di­a­betes.org.uk/In_ Your_Area/Wales. Dai Wil­liams Na­tional Di­rec­tor Di­a­betes UK Cymru

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