If there is job security for someone like John Hopkins it’s because hospitals are increasingly having to make do with what they have.
A maintenance mechanic with South Grey Bruce Health Services, Hopkins is continually called upon to make basic equipment repairs. That includes finding parts for aging beds at the four-site rural hospital.
“I liked tinkering with things as a kid,” says Hopkins, including destroying several of his parent’s audio tape decks by taking them apart.
The fact that somebody like Hopkins is kept frequently “tinkering” says a lot about the state of Ontario’s hospitals. Years of funding freezes are taking their toll on both staff and equipment.
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