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Brexit worries leads to woman stockpiling life-saving medicine



A WOMAN from Carmarthenshire, concerned that Britain will crash out of the EU with no deal, has resorted to stockpiling her medicines.

Rebecca (Pseudonym), 26, who is a civil servant with type 1 Diabetes, has created a six month surplus of her life-saving Insulin.

The Welsh Government has condemned such behaviour, citing stockpiling creates an ‘unnecessary pressure’ on the system.

The Department of Health have said they have created a contingency plan for a no deal Brexit by compiling their own stockpile of six weeks worth of drugs for the public.

Defending her decision, Rebecca has said she fears a no-deal Brexit will cause disruptions at UK borders from March, as her prescription medicines are produced by European drug companies.

Insulin is a life-saving medication for those who have diabetes.

Rebecca adds that she has been keeping a month back of her medication each time she gets her prescription filled, but she can’t create too much of a surplus as she only has a certain amount of space in her fridge.

With Britain due to leave the EU at the end of March and no deal being agreed, her condition will be affected not just by medication shortage, but also by food price rises due to UK’s food safety standards.

As she is not in a position to eat processed foods due to the sugar content, she must sustain a diet of lots of fruits and vegetables.

Andrew Evans, Welsh Government’s chief pharmaceutical officer, has said that stockpiling could prevent someone else from getting the medications that they require.

He said: “There is absolutely no need for people to stockpile.

“Stockpiling is unnecessary and could compromise the plans being implemented by the UK government, reducing the availability of medicines for patients in other areas of Wales of the UK.”

Suzanne Thomas, chairman of the Welsh Pharmacy Board has hit back at patients who stockpile, said that it will deplete the main supply.

“Our advice to patients is to continue their medication orders as they are usually prescribed.

“If you have any concerns about your medications, talk to your community pharmacist or practice pharmacist.”


Carmarthen: Police appeal following death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd



THE INVESTIGATION is continuing into the death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd who had suffered serious injuries at Francis Terrace, Carmarthen and later died at hospital.

There is still a police presence at the property and enquiries being made in the local area.

We were called to an incident at an address in Francis Terrace, Carmarthen at around 9.50am on Wednesday, February 20.

Enquiries are on-going to establish the cause of death.

A 28-year-old-woman arrested on suspicion of GBH remains in police custody.

Here’s a tribute from Harry’s family: “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.

“Harry was a very popular, beautiful, gentle soul who will be missed.

“Please allow us to grieve this terrible loss in private.”

The police have asked that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by phoning 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Use reference: DP-20190220-098

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Care home told staff not to speak Welsh



THERE is an investigation taking place after it was revealed that a care home had warned members of staff about speaking Welsh.

Isfryn in Ystradgynlais has Approved Headway Provider status and provides rehabilitation and support for individuals with an acquired brain injury. It has been revealed that staff were told that it would be unacceptable if clients heard employees conversing in a language they did not understand. The Accomplish Group, which runs Isfryn, has announced that it was reviewing the issue.

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws said: “If two or more people wish to speak or write to each other in Welsh in Wales, they have the freedom to do so, in accordance with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

“If someone, such as an employer, tells them that that they should not continue to use the Welsh language, they are possibly interfering with that freedom. The Welsh Language Measure gives me as Commissioner statutory powers to investigate such cases.

“From the evidence I have seen today, it appears there may be an interference with staff’s freedom to use Welsh at Isfryn, Accomplish. I will be contacting the organisation to gather more information in order to understand the situation fully. I would also like to encourage anyone affected to get in touch with my office to enable us to investigate the matter fully.”

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Plans to partially re-open Cwmduad road following landslide



CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s highways team hopes to partially re-open the A484 at Cwmduad in March, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide.

The council has been leading a highly complex operation to clear the highway and stabilise the land since October, when the landslide tragically claimed the life of a young man.

Works are progressing well, and providing things continue to go to plan, the council hopes to re-open a single lane on March 18.

To date, the operation has involved extensive clearance and reinstatement of land off the highway, with the creation of a 10 metre buffer zone; construction of a ramp from the highway to the river, to aid the recovery of lorry that was swept in with the force of the landslide; and clearance of silt from the highway.

Work currently underway includes the construction of highway support and reinstatement of the bank to the east of the highway, as well as highway drainage clearance and reinstatement.

The final stage of works – which will take place alongside the single carriageway opening – will involve rebuilding a parapet wall alongside the highway, before the road can be fully re-opened.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are pleased that works have progressed well, and we can now plan for the partial re-opening of the road.

“We are grateful for the support from the community during a prolonged and difficult period. It has been a complex project and we have continued to be mindful of the sensitivities both locally and within the community where one person tragically lost their life.

“Whilst we have worked at pace to enable the highway to be reopened as quickly as possible, the safety of the public has always been our primary focus.”

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