By Daily Express reporter
NHS bosses are spending £45,000 a day on translation services for patients, it has been revealed.
Primary Care Trusts have spent £32.2million over the past two years on interpreters – enough to pay the wages of 1,700 nurses.
Bengali and Catonese are the most commonly offered languages, followed by Farsi and Lithuanian.
Tory MP Nick de Bois, who uncovered the figures through a Freedom of Information request, said: “If I was in
Spain, France or Germany and needed translation I would have to pay for it.
“But here it seems we are happy to blow millions on translation costs. It is bonkers.”
A Department of Health spokesman said: “NHS organisations have a duty to follow equalities legislation.
But here it seems we are happy to blow millions on translation costs. It is bonkers
Tory MP Nick de Bois
“This includes making sure communities can understand information about the trust’s services and that patients
and clinicians can communicate with each other.”
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