£364,000 bill for health board translators revealed

The Courier   /   News   /   24 June 2019

Translators have cost NHS Tayside more than £364,000 in the past year.

Dad who worked as translator for GP patients fined £40 for taking sick day

Daily Mirror   /   News   /   05 June 2019

Father-of-four Ben Mbeva, 48, has worked for AA Global since January interpreting for Swahili-speaking patients attending GP appointments in Hull.

As part of his freelance contract, Mr Mbeva is paid £15 per consultation he attends, which can last up to an hour, but is not paid for his travel expenses.

According to Mr Mbeva, he was fined £40 for taking a sick day and was asked for a doctor's note to explain his absence, which he was unable to show.

£980,000 to be spent on council translators over next four years

SomersetLive   /   News   /   22 May 2019

Somerset County Council will spend "in the region of £980,000" on translators and related projects over the next four years.

The council's current contracts for translation and interpretation expire on September 1, meaning new provision must be sought before that date.

Whistleblowing concerns spark interpreter contract change

Law Society Gazette   /   News   /   20 May 2019

The main provider of courtroom interpreting to the Ministry of Justice says it is removing a section of its service agreement with interpreters that some believe prevents them from whistleblowing.

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