AbstractThis thesis examines the extent of provision, and the reasons underlying policies on the use of the Welsh language which have been produced by Health Authorities within Wales.
This includes an examination of a range of macro and micro factors which may have had some bearing on the issue.
To ensure that the research is in part comparative, an attempt has been made to briefly examine the extent to which other large scale national organisations have formulated and/or implemented policies on the subject.
The thesis includes particular reference to the situation within South Glamorgan where the extent to which South Glamorgan Health Authority's Policy on the Use of the Welsh Language' has been implemented is examined. The effect that this has had upon the staff of the Authority, ergonomics and the general perception of patients, clients and the public is also examined.
The research and findings will be of use to Health Authorities which have yet to address the issue and at the same time offer South Glamorgan Health Authority a series of indications which may reflect the degree of implementation so far achieved in relation to its own policy.
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