Doctors blasted a high-profile police chief yesterday for claiming officers should ignore people threatening suicide and violence in A&E.
Surrey’s chief constable Lynne Owens blamed a 20% budget cut since the Coalition came to power in 2010 and said police time is needed to deal with growing crimes including online fraud and child abuse. She warned: “We are going to have to make choices.”
Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association council said: “Rather than pushing responsibility from one service to the next, police should work with clinicians to ensure all patients can be treated safely.”
“Issues regarding the health service, the police service, immigration and welfare reform just keep coming thick and fast”
see previous post: Police Called To Hospitals Every 10 Minutes
Taxpayers are forking out £100million a year on translation for immigrants, it was revealed last night.
Police, town halls, hospitals and courts have to pay for translating documents and hiring interpreters.
The biggest spender is the NHS, which is paying out at least £33million, while the Ministry of Justice spends almost 16million.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The guidance I’ve issued is crystal clear, Councils should stop wasting taxpayers’ money by translating into foreign languages.
“Translation holds people back from integrating into British society. If they can’t speak English, they’re not going to get on. Money saved can be used to protect front-line services.”
A freedom of information request revealed Polish was the top language translated.
But one council helped with 61 languages, including rarely used Fulani, Karen, Tagalog and Visayan.
A hospital in the north-east used interpreters 74 times a day.
Julia Manning, chief executive of the think-tank 2020Health, said: “It should be the responsibility of family and friends to assist with understanding.”
“We should tell the Eurocrats in Brussels to “go to hell” and start stopping their bankrupting immigration rules”