Sudbury letters: City shut out; excellent health care; bad hospital food

Sudbury Star

Sudbury on the outside

Green Party leader Elizabeth May was in town this week, stumping for our votes, most likely not the last of the politicians from Ottawa who will be through here in the coming weeks and never to be seen again until the next election.

I am reminded of the actions of MPP Vic Fedeli in North Bay. Since he got re-elected last year, as the provincial finance minister, and now the minister of industry, he has brought nearly $200 million for projects in North Bay.

To put that in perspective, if he was a member from Sudbury, and given we have more than three times the population of North Bay, on a per capita basis that would translate to $600 million of provincial monies for projects in Sudbury.

What I am trying to say here is that Elizabeth May has absolutely no possibility of forming a government, and like our history of voting for the NDP in Sudbury at the provincial level, we can vote for whatever party we see as most likely to win the day, at the time of the election, and try to be part of the government so we, too, can reap some benefit to our town. Recoup some of our tax dollars or sit by and watch the city down the road get all of our tax dollars for their projects.

Or we can vote to be on the outside again. We can vote to be the grumpy old guys on the balcony grumbling through life, or vote to be part of the party.

Ed Poisson

Sudbury

Care was excellent

Thursday, Aug. 8, while travelling with a tour group from Ottawa, my husband suffered a medical emergency when we were having lunch at Perkins Restaurant.  I am writing to thank all of the people who assisted us and provided comfort.

Our tour guide jotted down some names and I would like to personally thank these people, namely Fernando Palacosus, primary care paramedic (please accept my apology if the spelling is incorrect), Sarah Lipton, RN, the ambulance crew, Brook Condo, Perkins host, and anyone else who came to our aid.

After being treated in a most timely manner at your local hospital, my husband was released and we were able to rejoin our group and continue on our trip. Once again, on behalf of my husband and myself, thank you.

Darlene Craig

Cornwall

Food was terrible

I was in Health Sciences North for three weeks and I found the hospital food awful. Like so many other meals, supper was a square of lasagna. The noodles were so tough, we could not eat it. Included were a bun and a bowl of diced pears, which had an unworldly taste and texture that comes from aging in an industrial-size can.

When we were served minestrone soup, it was murky and tasteless. It looked as though it was watered down and made me feel nauseous. The water for my tea was always tepid.

For lunch, most days they brought tuna or chicken salad sandwiches that had a nasty smell and most of the time the bread was soggy and stale.

Although hospitals put a great deal of stock in patient satisfaction, reports suggest that more than 30 per cent of these budget meals boomerang right back to the kitchen. There is an ethical price for all of this wasted food.

Hospitals should be leading the fight for public health, yet they knowingly overlook an ingredient to healthy living: nourishing and enjoyable food.

Like many health-care centres in Ontario, HSN uses a system that reheats precooked frozen food prepared in factories off site. This method can cut labour costs by more than 20 per cent. The average daily food allocation per patient in Ontario hospitals  is $8 per day.

I have paid dearly for this error as have so many other patients. I lost 15 pounds, which did not contribute to a speedy recovery and cost the health-care system more days for me to recuperate. Not a lot of money is devoted to hospital food, but there are ways we can make what we have better. Who knows when you might have to eat the food yourself.

Evelyn Gibson

Chelmsford

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