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Minister proposes tighter language checks for European NHS staff


a German colleague doing a brief stint in a British hospital, trying to impress his consultant on a ward round, informed him that one of his cases was one of 'goat' (gout)! In a French speaking hospital I requested a porter to come and fetch the knickers from the fridge. In French question is a 'culot' pack of red blood cells and being an Anglo-Saxon and novice of the French language I had pronounced the 't' at the end of the word thus 'culottes'. little faux-pas that make the world go round and my colleagues were amazed how I manage to summon a porter to the ward so fast!

Posted date

15 February, 2015

Posted time

10:41 am