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Medical interpreting and the law in the European Union

Phelan, Mary (2012) Medical interpreting and the law in the European Union. European Journal of Health Law, 19 (4). pp. 333-353. ISSN 0929-0273

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Abstract

In 2011, the Danish government announced that from June that year it would no longer cover the costs of medical interpreters for patients who had been living in Denmark for more than seven years. The Dutch Ministry of Health followed with an even more draconian approach; from 1 January 2012 the cost of translation and interpreting would no longer be covered by the state. These two announcements led to widespread concern about whether or not there is a legal foundation for interpreter provision in healthcare. This article considers United Nations treaties, conventions from the Council of Europe and European Union law. European Union member states have been slow to sign up to international agreements to protect the rights of migrant workers. The European Union itself has only recently moved into the area of discrimination and it is unclear if the Race Directive covers language. As a result, access to interpreters in healthcare, where it exists, is dependent on national anti-discrimination legislation or on positive action taken at national or local level rather than on European or international law.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Council of Europe; European Union; healthcare; Interpreting; United Nations
Subjects:Humanities > Translating and interpreting
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (CTTS)
Publisher:Brill
Official URL:http://www.brill.nl/european-journal-health-law
Copyright Information:© 2012 Brill publishers
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17292
Deposited On:28 Aug 2012 10:57 by Mary Phelan. Last Modified 28 Aug 2012 10:57

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