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NHS: Translation Services

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS interpreters in Waltham Forest primary care trust cost for (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. (253753)

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.