Cost of Interpreters
Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th July 2016.
David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee 12:00 am, 5th July 2016
What the cost to the public purse was in 2015-16 of providing interpreters for people using the NHS who did not speak English.
George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
Until now, data on NHS foreign language translation and interpretation have not been gathered centrally, but I am delighted to say that, as a result of the representations of my hon. Friend and other colleagues, we have changed that, and NHS England is now conducting a major piece of work looking at both commissioning and provider organisations’ expenditure as part of a procurement review. It is worth saying that in view of the importance of effective communication in good diagnosis, informed consent, safeguarding and public health, it is in all our interests that all our patients understand what the doctors and clinicians are saying to them.