Saturday, June 14, 2008

Immigrants want more translators

IMMIGRANTS who have settled in Nuneaton and Bedworth have hit out over interpretation and translation services in the borough.

They say family members - especially children - should not be used as interpreters at hospitals, GP surgeries and dental practices. And they have singled out Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital for particular criticism.

But the hospital has hit back, insisting it takes "very seriously" its role in a multicultural society.

Also in line for criticism are agencies like the Nuneaton and Bedworth Citizens' Advice Bureau, whose boss maintains staff are "very sensitive" to the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the borough.

If immigrants want translation services maybe they should start coughing up the money to pay for them. I don’t see any reason why more council tax should be paid just so these people don’t have to learn english.

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