Margot Parker MEP - responding to Derby Telegraph letter writer

Delivered by Margot Parker on 25 September 2014


Letter to the Derby Telegraph:

Your reader Carolyn Bointon made a good point in your letters column when she wrote about the NHS and its publication of 10 or more leaflets in different languages.

She says she is using a little commonsense and had a 'Eureka' moment, saying that if the NHS published less of these leaflets it would save money.

This is true of course, but her letter also illustrates the danger in healthcare when a language misunderstanding can lead to the wrong decisions being made with shocking consequences. The same applies to our justice system.

We in the UK and in UKIP pride ourselves on our fairness and tolerance in this country but surely all healthcare and judicial officials should have an excellent command of the English language.

We do feel though, that to expect older people in our population to learn the English Language to fluency when the language of their home is not English, is probably a step too far.



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