Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Report of the Review of the Operation of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018: Discussion

Ms Marie O'Shea:

In an ideal world that would be great. I suppose it could get quite messy if there is a situation where people potentially change their minds about appointments. For certain people, an issue arose concerning people who require interpreters and how difficult it is for them to make appointments. I think there are interpreters at My Options. They are reliable interpreters. The GPs would say they sometimes have difficulty accessing interpreting services themselves, even though they are provided free of charge. Maybe there are some situations where an interpreter could assist a person making an appointment. Whether that is through My Options or whether My Options would direct them to a HSE interpreting service, I am not quite sure.


Mary Phelan
Posted on 3 Jun 2023 1:00 pm (Report this comment)

All of the information on the HSE My Choices website is in English. There is an option to request an interpreter. However, it's important to note that in Ireland interpreting in healthcare, legal settings etc is unregulated and it's considered enough to speak English and another language. Interpreters don't need a qualification in interpreting and are not tested to establish whether or not they can interpret accurately. So it's hard to know what is meant here by 'reliable interpreters'.

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