GMC’s commitment to Welsh language speakers

The General Medical Council (GMC) is today implementing new Welsh Language Standards which will improve the service people in Wales can expect to receive and make it easier for Welsh speakers to interact with the GMC in their preferred language.

Healthcare regulators are the latest group of major health sector bodies to be subject to the standards, which form part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to increase opportunities to use the language in everyday life.

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the GMC, welcomed the new standards.

He said: ‘I’m pleased that the time has come for the GMC to implement the Welsh Language Standards alongside other regulators of health sector professionals.

‘Our collective action will make a significant difference to Welsh speakers; it will help to embed the Welsh language within the health sector, and hopefully move us to a position where we have parity of esteem with the English language.’

Along with other healthcare regulators and the Professional Standards Authority, the GMC joins other organisations in Wales, such as local health boards and NHS trusts who are already subject to their own sets of standards.

Embracing the standards provides an opportunity for the GMC to demonstrate its commitment to working responsively and sensitively as a four-country regulator, while also strengthening its relationships and reputation across Wales. It also demonstrates the regulator is committed to treating Welsh no less favourably than English in its work.

Mr Massey added: ‘I hope Welsh-speaking patients, students, registrants, and all other professionals and members of the public interacting with us will feel more comfortable having the opportunity to do so in their preferred language.’

Further information about the GMC’s commitment to Welsh language speakers can be found here.