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66 Letters


THE HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016


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Borth: by Jon Potter


WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH


DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children’s toys, to ‘Bag It, Beat It’. All donations will help the BHF to fund life-saving heart research. It is a sad reality that coronary


heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK, causing the deaths of over 4,200 people in Wales each year, over 1,700 of which are women, but with the continued support of the local community, the BHF can fight harder to reduce this figure. For more information and to find


DEAR SIR, This September is ‘Women and


Heart Disease Awareness Month’ at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and I’m writing to ask your readers to help fund vital research into heart disease by taking part our in ‘Bag It, Beat It’ campaign. Around 28,000 women die from


a heart attack each year in the UK – that’s three every hour. But surveys have shown that women are less likely than men to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and seek help. I’ve donated to my local shop and


I’d encourage all your readers to get involved this September and do the same. Simply fill a bag with unwanted clothes, shoes, books, handbags,


your local BHF shop visit www.bhf. org.uk/bagit or to book a free collection call 0808 250 0024. It’s a wonderful way to declutter and save lives!


Dame Esther Rantzen


‘SUPER PETS’PHOTO COMPETITION


DEAR SIR, Leading vet charity, PDSA, is


currently inviting young people to enter their ‘Super Pets’ photo competition and be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes, including a VIP tour of one of their Pet Hospitals and a professional photo shoot with their pet. The competition is free to enter and


open to anyone aged 16 or under. There are three categories for entries; Under


10’s, 10-13 and 14-16. Photos should be emailed to petprotectors@pdsa. org.uk with ‘Pet Photo Competition 2016’ in the subject header, along with the child’s full name and date of birth. Winning entries will be chosen by celebrity vet and PDSA supporter, Steve Leonard. The closing date for entries is Friday, September 9. Rachel Sutherland


Education Programme Manager PDSA


MICROCHIPPING RESPONSIBILITIES


DEAR SIR, There seems to be some confusion


with regard to whose responsibility it is to have puppies microchipped. Some breeders are telling purchasers that it is their responsibility to have puppies chipped. I would like to clarify the situation. A dog’s breeder is the dog’s first


keeper. The breeder will be considered the


first keeper of their litter of puppies and it will be their legal responsibility to get their puppies microchipped and recorded on a database compliant with the new regulations, such as Petlog. The breeder may not record


the new owner as the first keeper of a puppy instead of themselves. It is an offence if the breeder is not listed as the first keeper of their puppies on a microchipping database compliant with the regulations. I hope that this helps breeders to better understand the law.


Ronald Kirkby


Former Chairman of the RSPCA National Council Clover Hill Farm


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DEAR SIR, Welsh A&E departments are still


a long way off meeting their waiting time targets, as figures for July, published today, reveal the situation is worse now than it was this time last year.


Data sourced from NHS Wales’


‘info and stats’ site reveals that there has been a minimal change in the number of people waiting longer than four hours in an A&E department – 83.2% for July, compared to 83.3% for the month before. July also saw 2,277 people waiting longer than 12 hours for treatment,


which has risen by 1062 since figures for the same measure were published this time last year. Commenting on the data, Welsh


Conservative Shadow Secretary for Health, Angela Burns AM, said: “Waiting times for A&E have this


month have remained stagnant, and still stand wide of Welsh Government’s self-set target of 95%. “It is especially disappointing to


see such a marked increase in people waiting longer 12 hours for treatment – another key target missed. “When compared to this time last


year, over a thousand more people waited longer than 12 hours in a Welsh A&E department. “There are a number of things


which have contributed to this rise - too few hospital beds, difficulties in accessing GP appointments; and closing minor injuries units to name but a few. “Today’s figures are further


evidence of Labour-led Welsh Government’s mismanagement of our healthcare system. “How much longer should our


hardworking NHS staff and patients have to pay the price for that failure?” Angela Burns AM


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