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NHS: Translation Services

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the (a) West Hertfordshire NHS Acute Trust and (b) West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust spent on translators in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008 to date. (234189)

The data requested are not collected centrally. 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 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.