I Guess It Depends On The ‘Migrant’…

Migrants who have moved to Sussex from the EU are facing a language barrier when it comes to using some health services, a report has found.

The study by Healthwatch West Sussex found people who speak English as a second language have struggled to handle complicated telephone booking systems and emergency services such as 999 or 111.

Really? Hans, Marco, Madeleine and Stansislav are having trouble with communicating in English? How odd.

Usually, English is well understood all over the continent.

Healthwatch was also told some people were very hostile towards migrants, including some NHS workers, and the results of the referendum had led to some discriminatory behaviour.

Oh, look! It’s Brexit to blame, again!

Healthwatch is calling on Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police to use the report as part of their neighbourhood strategies, and to improve the sense of safety and well-being among EEA communities.

What about the sense of ‘wellbeing and safety’ in English communities?

It has also asked local NHS providers to refresh their equality and diversity training for all employees with a focus on service provision to EEA migrant (sic) and reduce the risk of people experiencing ill-informed and inappropriate conversations.

Save us all from ‘ill-informed and inappropriate conversations’. Whatever they are…

7 comments for “I Guess It Depends On The ‘Migrant’…

  1. microdave
    December 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

    “Save us all from ‘ill-informed and inappropriate conversations’. Whatever they are…”

    Anything which the left disagrees with!

  2. December 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    “equality and diversity training”

    Wonder how much they’d save ditching rubbish like that.

  3. Andrew Duffin
    December 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    If you go to a Spanish hospital, you will find that all communications, notices, signs, and everything else are in Spanish only. You want to live there? Learn the damn language!

    For some reason we “can’t” do this.

    Feh.

    • Charlie
      December 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Indeed. I spent six months in Spain looking after my dying father who had moved out there upon his retirement. During this time there were plenty of interactions with the Spanish authorities, mainly healthcare. Their attitude, entirely correctly, was that all communications took place in Spanish. If I did not understand anything, that was MY problem, not theirs.

      When he finally died, all the paperwork that had to be filled in by myself was also unapologetically in Spanish, and Spanish only.

      This was 2009. When I got back to the UK, within a few months or so a leaflet landed on my door mat proudly announcing that NHS leaflets were available in God knows how many different languages, expense be damned.

      Yet suggesting that people in the UK learn English, and suggesting that anybody wishing to use services in the U.K. learn English because that is all that will be spoken, is apparently racist.

      It’s the utter spinelessness that depresses me, the lack of self confidence, the ease with which the emotional blackmail of “oh but that’s racist!” is applied.

  4. December 22, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Dear Julia,
    If I walk on stage and tell a joke, and only half of those in the audience laugh and the others look blank, am I being divisive, or am I adding to diversity? Should I have the joke written down in 15 languages? Just in case. What about Irish? Can a man tell a feminist joke or can only feminists tell those sort?

    Concerned Comedian.

  5. Errol
    December 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    You really can’t get any more newspeak than “…reduce the risk of people experiencing ill-informed and inappropriate conversations…”, can you?

    When did 1984 happen?

    What if it is informed and it is appropriate, yet they just don’t want to hear it? What about ‘we’re flooded with foreign immigrants from completely safe but third world countries who are radical Muslims who leech off the welfare state and never get a job, while ignoring our laws and mores’?

  6. Hereward Unbowed.
    December 22, 2016 at 10:25 am

    And then, as if it [NHS] didn’t have enough problems, “we’re broke, always broke”

    It has also asked local NHS providers to refresh their equality and diversity training for all employees with a focus on service provision to EEA migrant (sic) and reduce the risk of people experiencing ill-informed and inappropriate conversations.

    “people experiencing ill-informed and inappropriate conversations.”

    and who deems that, I wonder?

    BUT THE NHS – is going broke – it can’t afford you and me!!

    Though, no politician in Britain will state the bleeding obvious, ie, no one ever lays it [NHS bankruptcy] at the door of mass immigration – all of the new arrivals they never paid in -did they……………….? and of course building hospitals on the never never off the balance sheet but debt ballooning and repayments due! – PFI hospitals and Gordon prudence but financially illiterate Mcruin – stick it in a search engine and look it up……………

    Bureaucracy – someone has to pay for it, then through in the Climate change coordinators – yes all hospital trusts have their own team of dedicated climate change paper clip counters who are solely dedicated to musing on nebulous imponderables man made CO2 – shock horror!………… and to making speeches up and down the country talking to like minded souls and all backed up by the tosseratti of RCN, BMA, Unite, Unison and oh btw shop stewards, union coordinators all on the taxpayer ticket to cause trouble and stir the proverbial.

    So busy, and so much for saving money! NHS, PC is the God? nay the behemoth – and…………………………PC always first , patients are well down the ‘to do’ list.

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