Letters NHS translation services

Try Google Translate to overcome language barriers

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7217 (Published 15 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7217
  1. Ryckie G Wade, foundation year 1 doctor1
  1. 1James Paget University Hospital, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 6LA, UK
  1. ryckiewade{at}gmail.com

In 2007 Jones debated whether the NHS should curb spending on translation services.1 In 2011 the NHS might consider Google Translate—a free application for iPhones and Android devices and an effective alternative way of communicating with non-English speakers.

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