[lg policy] Health board 'failed' to provide Welsh-speaking nurse for boy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 9 14:39:49 UTC 2014


Health board 'failed' to provide Welsh-speaking nurse for boy
08 October 2014

HYWEL Dda Health Board breached its own Welsh language policy by failing to
provide a Welshspeaking school nurse for the assessment of a fiveyearold
Cere digion child who could not speak English.

An investigation by the Welsh Language Commissioner has ruled that the
health board breached its own policy on eight occasions when it failed to
provide a school nurse who could speak Welsh to carry out the assessment.

There was also criticism of the board’s recruitment process to attract
Welshspeaking staff and it was said the board’s Welsh Language Steering and
Monitoring Group failed to consider the requirement for Welsh language
speakers when considering vacant posts.

The investigation report said a complaint was lodged in November 2013 by
one of the child’s parents that their monoglot Welsh child had not been
able to have an assessment in Welsh.

The commissioner found that the board had breached its Welsh language
scheme in the failure to provide a Welshspeaking nurse.

A spokesperson for the commissioner, said: “The investigation concluded
that the health board failed to comply with eight clauses in its language
scheme by not planning and arranging a Welsh language service.

“The clauses relate to service delivery, staffing and recruitment and
monitoring processes to ensure compliance with the language scheme.”

As part of the report, the commissioner has made three recommendations that
are to ensure that a Welsh school nurse is available to provide services
for Welsh speakers and to put in place a procedure to provide a Welsh
service even if there are problems in recruiting; draw up a workforce
development plan to attract, recruit and train qualified bilingual staff in
the school nursing service; and to review the Welsh language steering group
to ensure that staffing and recruitment is carried out to meet the Welsh
language scheme.



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for the full story, or see this week's Aberystwyth edition of the Cambrian
News*

http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/news/i/43293/




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