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FUW calls for Welsh Government to focus on mental health impact of TB

The union issued the demand after Welsh Government announced it would review the TB compensation regime.

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Call for Welsh Government to focus on mental health impact of TB

The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has called for the creation of a ‘TB Taskforce’ to gather information on the financial impacts of TB breakdowns and the subsequent mental health issues they can cause for farmers.

 

The union issued the demand after Welsh Government announced it would review the TB compensation regime.

 

FUW senior policy officer Dr Hazel Wright said discussions and programmes on controlling the disease in Wales had ‘almost entirely centred on animal health issues’ and that much greater emphasis should instead be put on its related economic issues.


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It would be formed in the shape of a Wales Bovine TB Economics Task and Finish Group to provide robust, Welsh specific information.

 

Dr Wright said: “Under the Well-being of Future Generations Act, the Welsh government is obligated to take account of the long-term impact of their decision making.

 

“Our very real concern is future compensation policies, which provide for poorer compensation, will undoubtedly increase mental health issues and poverty among the farming community in Wales and this is in direct opposition to the obligations and aims of the Act.

 

“Given that mental health is inextricably linked to farm business sustainability and solvency, we must fully understand the economic consequences of this disease.”

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