Social care and health
The importance of providing bilingual health care is essential for Welsh-speaking patients. There are instances where patients cannot be treated effectively except in their first language or in both their languages. This is especially true in the case of those receiving speech and language therapy, and for the following key groups: people with mental health problems; people with learning disabilities and other special needs; older people and young children.
The Assembly Government has identified that much more work needs to be done in order to improve the quality and range of health and care services available through the medium of Welsh. The key area for improvement is direct personal communication (phone or face to face). It is often the case that individuals cannot receive public services through the medium of Welsh, or have to make special arrangements to receive a Welsh language service. This is because there is either a general shortage of Welsh speakers or because an organisation has not deployed its Welsh speakers in the most effective manner.
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