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Minister proposes tighter language checks for European NHS staff


I agree on tighter controls. I took a patient to another ward and had to hand over. No RN seemed to be available for ages, until I saw one and asked the untrained nurse on that ward if that RN could take handover. 'It's no good handing over to him he doesn't understand English he won't understand you' What!! I was flabbergasted. In no way is this safe. I struggle to understand half the people from other countries that I work with; and the patients, bless them, especially if they are a bit deaf have an even greater problem. One nursing auxillary even argued with me on how to pronounce Graham and other words, and they keep trying to 'correct' my English when I've been speaking it for over 50 years have a degree, A levels and working on my second degree, and am totally British. I am greatly concerned.

Posted date

7 November, 2014

Posted time

4:10 pm