Plaid Cymru votes against "inadequate" Welsh Language standards

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Plaid Cymru Assembly Members have today voted against what they deem to be "wholly inadequate" Welsh Language standards proposed for the health sector in Wales.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Sian Gwenllian AM said that it was "deeply disappointing" that the Labour Welsh Government have been unwilling to listen to genuine concerns that the Standards in their current form ignore the patient's right to communicate in their first language when receiving face to face care.

Siân Gwenllian AM, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet for the Welsh Language, Local Government and Equality said:

“Plaid Cymru AMs have today voted against the wholly inadequate Welsh Language standards proposed for the health sector in Wales.

“At the heart of Plaid Cymru's opposition to the standards in their current form is the belief in the patient's right to communicate in their first language when receiving face to face care – rights that these regulations fail to protect.

“It is deeply disappointing that the Welsh Government have been unwilling to listen genuine concerns raised by Plaid Cymru and the Assembly’s cross-party Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee which recommended a delay on the vote to allow more time for further scrutiny and strengthening of the regulations.

“These standards can be significantly strengthened - without causing major problems to the health service that is under great financial pressure.

“A Plaid Cymru government would leave no stone unturned to find creative solutions and the political will that is needed to protect and promote the rights of Welsh speakers”.

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