Stung by recent criticism over a dysfunctional labour relations environment and cuts to hospital services, South Bruce Grey Health Centre has finally decided to consult the community – on uniforms. The four-site hospital corporation placed a notice in the Walkerton Times inviting the public to fill out a survey on what type of uniforms new multi-purpose workers should wear at the hospital. The notice asks if the public thinks it’s important for the patients and visitors to be able to identify the different roles of the staff at SBGHC, (ie. nursing, dietary, housekeeping, maintenance) by their uniforms. Given the hospital is merging dietary and housekeeping, one has to wonder whether the staff will be required to change between the various roles they perform at the hospital. SBGHC thought less of community input in recent years when it decided to end a number of clinical services at the hospital, including outpatient physiotherapy, without prior consultation. For the record, we are partial to OPSEU blue.
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