Letter to the Editor – Daniel Léger on Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital Care – March 11, 2012

Letter to the Editor – Daniel Léger on Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital Care – March 11, 2012

Dear editor,

I had to make a trip to the hospital over the weekend with my 3 year old son who was suffering from an ear infection.  I must say that I was pretty relieved that all of the staff I dealt with could speak French since my son does not understand any English.  From the nurses at the triage and registration desks to the nurse and doctor that examined my son in the ER, the fact that they were bilingual took away all of the fear and anxiety for my son.  It was very comforting for him to be able to understand their questions and to be able to respond on his own.  It made for such an easier visit.  The elderly patient ahead of us was also able to receive treatment and services in his language, English, because of our highly competent staff at the hospital.  Here we have yet another reason why Cornwall needs it’s bilingual staff at the hospital.  A big thanks to all of the staff involved in my sons visit last Sunday morning, March 11th.  Your professionalism was much appreciated.

Daniel Léger
Cornwall, Ont.

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15 Comments on "Letter to the Editor – Daniel Léger on Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital Care – March 11, 2012"

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Wow!
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Generous of you to print the above letter which is certainly sent by a “shill”. Why would a kid not be able to speak English?

Eric
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I doubt the high level of care provided by the staff was ever a question, the level of testing requirements & how many postions “need” to be bilingual are.
Hope your child is OK and the waiting time was at a minimum.

Lulu
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@ Eric. .the child is 3 years old and maybe the language spoken at home is French primarily and he has not learned any yet… geez… A French family is entitled to speak their language at home or anywhere as far as that goes..

Lulu
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@Wow. .the child is 3 years old and maybe the language spoken at home is French primarily and he has not learned any yet… geez… A French family is entitled to speak their language at home or anywhere as far as that goes..

Lulu
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sorry my comment was to Wow not Eric

Carmen
Guest

This letter just confirmed that there have never been any problems with providing service in the French language at the hospital, in the first place. Why is the hospital acting as if there is suddenly a “need” for French language services?

Eric
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Lulu, I appreciate the clarification. I take nothing personal on internet boards, views and facts are my focus since life is short, although a critique by a boards Admin has some weight. LOL

Reg Coffey
Guest

Lulu, your assumption is that there was a problem with communication that the new hospital policy will fix. No one was ever turned away from Cornwall’s hospitals and everyone received the best care that was possible, in both languages. Problems were created by the current hospital board with their discriminatory hiring policy.

Lulu
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Reg.. No I am not assuming there was or is a problem with communication that the new hospital policy will fix…..I am having great difficulty understanding the new policy or law all of it.. why is the union not stepping in to protect it’s workers if the workers are right? and this is unjust? .. never seen that before especially over something like this..

Lulu
Guest

@Reg again.. “hospital board discriminatory hiring policy” How can this be? Hospitals receive funding from Provincial and Fed… How can they make up their own hiring policy and get away with it?

Tom
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@Lulu. Nice try, again at spinning.

FYI, hospital receives funding, but the Board administers it. Also, FLSA is a broad policy and does not prescribe the number of bilingual positions – it is solely at the discretion of the hospital.

Lulu
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@Tom FYI I am not spinning anything.. I am a former QC been here about 1.5 years.. never heard any of this nonsense there and explained over and over am trying to understand this situation! No further comments from me on here!!!!

Tom
Guest

Do you mean to further comments from “Lulu” but continuing from “it’s ain perfect but it’s our”? lol

Kim Khoo
Member
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding over this policy. The hospital is not being asked to withdraw bilingual services – it is being asked NOT to advertise ALL positions for nurses to be “bilingual required”. There are enough front-line services to be staffed by bilingual staff – there is no need to make bilingualism one of the necessary qualifications. Yes, it is an asset, that is undeniable. We have to be confident that nurses are engaged because they have superior Qualification & Experience, NOT because they can pass a high-level French test. Even conversational French is sufficient to… Read more »
James Wolfe
Guest
You think your kid should also be able to speak English, you moron. Really how stupid can you be? What if your son was lost in any part of Canada where most of us speak English??? How the hell would he communicate? You people really are that stupid. The simple facts are as more francophone’s get hired for all government positions less and less English speakers are working for their own governments across the country. Don’t believe me; Go check the stats for yourself. Francophone’s are over-represented in all levels of government including hospitals, law, policing…etc. No fairness, no representation… Read more »
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