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.
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.
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
103 public organisations
in Wales already implement Welsh language standards.