A sick baby was rushed to hospital after a supermarket pharmacy refused to hand his medication to his father because part of the prescription had been written in Welsh.OK, Morrisons wouldn't give out the prescription because they didn't understand it as it was written in Welsh. Can you imagine the headlines if they'd guessed what the Welsh was and killed the baby? Knowing Welsh is not mandatory in Wales despite what Mr Mann or Councillor Wyn believes either any more than knowing English is mandatory in England (although it helps a bit more than knowing Welsh in Wales)
But staff at the supermarket in Bangor, north Wales, refused to give him the steroid tablets because they could not read the note as not all of it was in English.
Writing on Facebook earlier this week, Mr Mann said: 'I can’t believe Morrisons wouldn’t give us Harley’s prescription for a chest infection today because it was in Welsh.
Arfon Wyn, a local councillor, said the news was 'disturbing'.'This is totally diabolical. It is the trend of these large supermarkets not to employ bilingual local people and so such terrible events as this can take place.'
Secondly Morrisons can employ who the bloody hell they want and I'm pretty sure that a knowledge of Welsh at the pharmacy wasn't an issue of real concern to them as I rather expect that until this cropped up they'd not had a similar problem.
A Morrisons spokesman said: 'The pharmacy team are looking into it and are working with the store and area pharmacy team to find out what has happened.'That's fairly simple, the staff on duty did not understand the language the prescription was written in and erred on the side of caution. Yes it's a Welsh community, but surely a more competent doctor might just have added a translation just in case?
This seems more like a case of Mr Mann carping about not everything being the way he (and Councillor Wyn) wants it with bi-lingual speakers being mandatory in all places.
To which the answer is that not all people in Wales speak Welsh, nor wish too and it's not mandatory to speak Welsh in Wales. Perhaps they'd be better off asking the doctor to make bloody sure the prescription is printed in both languages? After all it's a childs life at stake here.