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Placing Welsh language duties on the health sector

The Welsh Language Commissioner has given a notice to health boards, community health councils and NHS Trusts in Wales stating which Welsh language standards they are expected to comply with and by when.
Giving the compliance notices to 19 organisations, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said:
“The Welsh language is a matter of real need for patients in Wales when they are accessing health care services. This is especially true when we consider individuals living with dementia, people who have suffered stroke, young children, people with mental health conditions and anyone in a vulnerable situation who need to discuss their symptoms and understand everything which is said to them.
“Placing these standards on organisations in the health sector is part of the jig-saw for creating a health service that acknowledges and respects people’s rights to use the Welsh language in Wales.”
The Welsh language standards regulations were drafted by the Welsh Government, they were passed by the National Assembly on 20 March 2018 and came into force on 29 June 2018.
Organisations will start to implement the standards from Mai 2019. Their statutory Welsh language schemes approved under the Welsh Language Act 1993 will be replaced by the standards. 
103 public organisations in Wales already implement Welsh language standards.

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