AQW 34820/11-15


Mr Jim Allister
Traditional Unionist Voice
North Antrim


Tabled Date: 26/06/2014
Answered On Date: 07/07/2014
Priority Written: No


Question:
To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much his Department has expended on interpreters in the last financial year.


Answer:
Expenditure by each Health and Social Care Trust on interpreters, in the last financial year, is set out in the table below.
2013/14
£
Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
755,307
Northern Health & Social Care Trust
435,605
South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
158,931
Southern Health & Social Care Trust
1,309,514
Western Health & Social Care Trust
246,952
NI Ambulance Service Health & Social Care Trust
658
Total
£2,906,967
Interpreters are required for all patients who do not speak English as a first or second proficient language. Comprehensive training is delivered across the Health and Social Care sector to ensure that staff and professionals are aware of when an individual requires an interpreter.