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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hundreds of thousands of pounds is being spent every year translating the NHS Direct telephone service into 160 languages...

NHS Direct pays to translate services into Laotian and Cherokee
Article in the Sunday Telegraph


"The languages include Laotian, which is spoken by just one work permit holder in the UK, and Burmese with two permit holders, according to the Conservatives.

There are also also only 20 people from Tajikistan registered to work in the UK and 30 from Samoa, despite the NHS providing translation services for their native tongues

Other languages included such as Cherokee, Akan, Homa and Cebuano have not even been recorded as having been spoken by a single child in full time education across the country.

NHS Direct also helpfully translates into "international" language Esperanto which was invented in 1887 and has less than 2,000 native speakers worldwide.

Others such as Kashmiri, Samoan, Tibetan, Assamese and Basque are only recorded as being spoken in one educational authority in England."

There is no end to folly and waste in the NHS...)o: