Outrage as Bangor supermarket refuses prescription for sick baby


Tomos Hughes

A GWYNEDD family were left outraged after a Bangor pharmacy refused to give a prescription for their sick toddler - because part of it was written in Welsh.

Aled Mann of Port Dinorwic, visited Morrisons supermarket in Bangor on Monday, to collect medication for his one-year-old son, Harley, after he had been diagnosed with a chest infection and issued with a prescription from his Felinheli GP surgery.

However, when the pharmacist saw the prescription had been written in Welsh, Mr Mann was told that they could not hand over the drugs.

Aled Mann posted on Facebook: “Can't believe Morissons Bangor wouldn't give us Harley's prescription for a chest infection today because it was in Welsh.
“No other pharmacist in Bangor or Caernarfon had what he needed so we had to go back to the surgery to get it changed.

“Gwarthus o beth yn gwlad ein hunain!! (A disgraceful thing to happen in our own country.)”

Harley was admitted to hospital the following day, and Mr Mann added on Facebook: “Unfortunately Harley was admitted to hospital this morning. Who knows, if he'd have had the steroid tablets when he needed them it could have been avoided!!”

Arfon MP, Hywel Williams, said: “It is a disgrace that a young boy in need of medication should be denied this purely because of a supermarket's failure to allow people to access basic, day-to-day services in their mother tongue.

“The prescription was bilingual and Morrisons’ behaviour was completely inexcusable. Local people are understandably outraged.”

A Morrisons spokesperson said: "There are strict guidelines in place regarding the dispensing of medicines from pharmacies.

“They state that prescriptions should be written in English or bilingually.

“In this case the Tesco pharmacy was unable to dispense the drug in question and requested the assistance of our pharmacy. 

“To make absolutely sure the correct dosage was dispensed, our pharmacist asked for a bi-lingual prescription, which once received, enabled him to supply the medicine to the customer.”


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