13 October 2014
Department of Health
David Simpson (Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government); Upper Bann, DUP)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on interpreters in England and Wales in the last three years.
Norman Lamb (The Minister of State, Department of Health; North Norfolk, Liberal Democrat)
We do not hold this information centrally. National Health Service organisations have a duty to follow equalities legislation. This includes making sure their communities can understand information about the NHS services and that patients and clinicians can communicate with each other. However, we would encourage the NHS to be efficient and save money where possible by working together and sharing resources.