Firstly, in today's numbers, 0.02% of the current NHS budget in England (£132bn) is £26.4 million. /2
20,000,000 hospital inpatient consultations (nested)
123,000,000 outpatient consultations
25,000,000 A&E consultations
=168,000,000 annual consultations in NHS England / 3
The cost of an available interpreter for a patient in a hospital is
=15p per consultation / 4
It costs NHS hospitals an EXTRA 15 PENCE for every consultation to provide interpretation services.
We also provide limited interpretation for free all the time, through staff banks. Or my pig Spanish. Anyway. / 5
Well, firstly, it's unclear which hospital she was in.
She lives in Weymouth (apparently) and was seen in a hospital in London (apparently) which is around a 9-hour round-trip. / 6
The Royal Free
St Pancras /7
Happy to hear some suggestions on this.
Also, there are apps now that can do this for free, so it's slightly redundant. / 8
That's how you'd do it in a meeting, or any other sensible grown-up discussion.
Maybe we can save this for next time. Sadly, I'm sure there will be one. /f