Tuesday, February 7, 2023

“In Spanish, in Spanish”: a patient denounces a health center for language discrimination

new case of linguistic discrimination In Valencian Health. A user has condemned an alleged “twin attack” at the health center of the city of Alicante letWhere two activists would have refused to pay attention to him in Valencian, as he expressed on his Twitter account.

According to the description provided by the patient, this Sunday, January 8, he went to the health center with the intention of receiving treatment in his mother tongue, but the first employee to receive him reprimanded him for addressing him in Spanish. , «In Spanish, in Spanish, that Valencian…»Argues the complainant who was told by the health company, whose attitude he considers as a “reflex act” of a worker, “launched to silence him as soon as he recognized that he was speaking in Valencian. “

However, the alleged linguistic discrimination does not stop there, as he explains that after expressing himself in Valencian to another employee of the health center, she replied in English: «do you speak English, He states that the conversation ended in “conversation without meaning” and claims that “one has tried to silence him and the other has tried to sway him.” “both with a reflex act and without the slightest desire to understand anything”.

«The truth is that you are surprised. Who is in English, will she tell all the people who speak to her in Valencian? What was his intention with that comment? he reflects in a Twitter thread. Similarly, he states that “the best thing” was that he was infusing Valencian phrases while they were serving him and that they understood him “without any problem”. ,Proving once again that the problem is not the language, but the attitude‘, he concludes by acknowledging that the service has been “unbeatable” and asks only that “they do not mistreat him because of the language in which he expresses himself”.

health complaints

As a result of the effect of the complainant’s tweet, Rubén Trenzano, General Director of the Management of Language Policy and Multilingualism of the Generalitat Valenciana, has contacted him to offer him the service. Language Rights Office (ODL), with the aim that “no person may be discriminated against on account of language”.

In this sense, what do the reports on complaints of linguistic rights in the Valencian community in 2022, promoted by various entities funded by the government of Zimo Puig, such as Plataforma per la Lengua – the self-styled ‘Catalan NGO’ – and the Escola Valenciana One in two language violations occur in health centers and hospitals, Specifically, the above document compiles about thirty complaints related to the use of Spanish in health services.

new in this civil service law Does not oblige doctors and health professionals to comply with the language requirement to obtain status approved by the Generalitat. However, Trenzano (compromise) itself has left open the possibility of extending this obligation to the health sector in the third edition of the current left-wing government, a position that PSPV-PSOE does not share, calling Valencian as the only likes to keep a calculable ability.

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