Pub­lic staff must speak lingo – Boris

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ALL peo­ple work­ing in pub­lic ser­vices should be able to speak English, Boris John­son has said.

The Lon­don mayor said it was “com­pletely wrong” if peo­ple could not make them­selves un­der­stood in English to NHS staff.

Mr John­son said fail­ing to learn English was a “wasted op­por­tu­nity” for im­mi­grants and it was a “great shame” that not ev­ery­one took steps to master the lan­guage.

His com­ments came af­ter UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed there is a prob­lem with for­eign GPs not speak­ing good English de­spite all NHS doc­tors hav­ing to pass a lan­guage test.

Speak­ing on LBC Radio, Mr John­son said: “I think ev­ery­body in Lon­don, ev­ery­body who comes to work in our econ­omy, should be able to speak English.”

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