How we will fight for interpreters’ funding

Dear Editor

Dr John McAvoy’s suggested measures to combat PCT decisions to withdraw funding from interpreting services are absolutely right (GP, 16 March). 

Regarding Brent PCT’s intention to do this, Londonwide LMCs is: consulting BMA lawyers; producing a press pack for the ethnic minority, disability  and consumer media and the medical press; supporting GPs affected; in discussions with the Commission for Racial Equality, Sarah Teather MP, the NHS Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the RCGP.  

Let’s see what happens at my meeting with Brent PCT next week.

We will not give up on an issue that might be local today but has the potential to be countrywide tomorrow.

Every LMC must be vigilant for attempts by PCTs to shunt their funding responsibilities.

Dr Stewart Drage
Joint chief executive, Londonwide LMCs

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