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Cuts to NHS translation and advocacy services will reduce access for vulnerable patients and non-English speakers

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Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Rachael Saunders, has pledged the party’s support for a community campaign against proposed cuts to NHS translation and advocacy services.

The advocacy services which helps vulnerable patients and residents whose first language is not English access the NHS, are set to be restructured, reducing face-to-face advocacy and centralising the service. Labour fear the decision will result in local people losing jobs with services potentially at risk as a result of less familiarity with local needs and weaker connections with GPs and other service providers.

Last week Cllr Saunders, pledged Labour’s support whilst meeting doctors and NHS campaigners at a rally outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Rachael Saunders, said:

“This is a false efficiency which would save little money but cost a lot in terms of the quality of patient interaction and access to services.

"It really matters that people have access to advocates they can trust, to make sure their care is appropriate and so that they can take responsibility for their own wellbeing. Barts should think again". 

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