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…