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NHS: Translation Services

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on translators in each of the last five years. (157702)

National health service bodies are not required to report their planned or actual spending on interpretation and translation services to the Department. When planning such services, NHS bodies should take due account of their legal duties, the composition of the communities they serve, and the needs and circumstances of their patients, service users and local populations.