Analysis and Comment

There isn’t good data on how much the NHS spends on translators

Full Fact   /   Analysis and Comment   /   14 April 2019

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.

Whistleblowing – a defamation complaint may amount to a protected disclosure

Clyde & Co   /   Analysis and Comment   /   21 March 2019

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'.

Private Eye follows up

Private Eye   /   Analysis and Comment   /   06 February 2019

Good news some interpreters do their job properly. 

Private Eye: Loose Lips

Private Eye   /   Analysis and Comment   /   23 January 2019

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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