Analysis and Comment
A 2012 report based on FOIs found that NHS trusts (that responded) spent £23.3m on translation services in 2010/11. We don’t have recent or complete figures for how much the NHS has spent on translators because no one collects that information. We can’t find a reliable source for the 128 languages figure.
This case is a reminder that a whistleblowing claim will fail where the worker has made a disclosure purely in their own self-interest – a protected disclosure must also have wider implications, affecting other people, and be regarded as in the public interest, for the worker to be protected as a 'whistleblower'.
Good news some interpreters do their job properly.
The problems caused by police using unqualified interpreters were identified yet again as it was revealed that language agency ITL had lost its contract with police in the North-East following collapse of a court case.
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