[lg policy] British Peer issues warning over language skills of 'Eastern Bloc' nurses

Gareth Price gareth.price at DUKE.EDU
Sat Sep 10 01:42:46 UTC 2011

'Fertility expert and television presenter Lord Robert Winston has courted
controversy by warning about the potential risks to healthcare posed by
nurses with poor command of English.

In the House of Lords lat week, he pointed to particular problems with
nurses coming from some Eastern European countries.

“Communication between the patient and the professional is of vital
importance,” Lord Winston told peers.

“We run the risk<http://www.nursingtimes.net/peer-issues-warning-over-language-skills-of-eastern-bloc-nurses/5034772.article#>of
losing it with this issue of nurses who can’t speak the English
and have been trained in a different way. I’m particularly concerned about
nurses coming from the east bloc of Europe. For example: Romania and
Full story:

Dr. Gareth Price
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
316 Languages Building, Box 90259
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0259
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