LETTER: Laundry decision must be reversed

This is to register my strongest objection to Interior Health’s crass and anti-social decision to kill 29 jobs in Nelson.

A conveyor loads laundry at an Interior Health facility. Laundry services are expected to cease at Kootenay Lake Hospital by mid-2017. Local hospitals will be supplied by a new private facility in Kelowna.

Re: “Nelson hospital laundry to be privatized”

This is to register my strongest objection to Interior Health’s crass and anti-social decision to kill 29 jobs in Nelson and something like 70 other family supporting jobs by centralizing and privatizing this service. What can they be thinking?

Once again we are exposed to the kind of efficiency-at-any-cost philosophy of a corporation that might make car parts.

The Nelson laundry service has been shown to be efficient by their own analysis. Yet because some reinvestment is inevitably necessary, which should have been budgeted, they decide to wreck the lives of these workers and upset the management of the hospital so they can enrich Kelowna. With this they get the bonus of having southern interior residents detest the whole concept of health authorities.

As an organization IHA needs to look deeper into the social contracting that is necessary to have a clientele and workforce that respects you. The decision to centralize a service that needs no centralization and adds hugely to its carbon footprint is wrong and must be reversed.

Bill Wells, Kaslo

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