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8th August 2012

Inquiry launched into use of Welsh in health and care sectors

The Welsh Assembly's Welsh Lanugage Commissioner, Meri Huws, is to launch an inquiry into the use of the Welsh language in the health and social care sectors.

Ms Huws announced the inquiry at the National Eisteddfod today, August 8. It will be her first since taking up the post of Welsh Language Commissioner six months ago.

In May the British Medical Association, which represents GPs in Wales, said that the Welsh language should not be a priority when delivering health care and that such an emphasis could hamper recruitment into the health service at a time when it is already proving difficult.

One community health council said that, while it was sympathetic to the issues, it was a time for realism - again citing the difficulties of recruiting staff to work in the NHS and care sectors in Wales. 

However Welsh language pressure group, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society) said that Welsh could be crucial to older with dementia who may lose their ability to speak their second language of English as their condition progresses.

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