The Niagara Health System’s supervisor has commissioned a poll on his interim recommendations for the struggling multi-site hospital.
If anything, the poll confirmed why Kevin Smith had been appointed by the province.
Pollara conducted a telephone survey in June of at least 75 adult residents in each of the 12 communities served by the hospital.
The overall impression rating was 4.5 out of 10 – far below the usual 90 per cent plus approval rating of most Ontario hospitals. 13 per cent described their impression as “very negative.” The worst scores came from Fort Erie and Port Colborne, two communities that have already lost their hospital emergency departments.