Sound Off! — Nov. 2, 2022


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Cutting corners

An article in Tuesday’s Brandon Sun states the province cuts COVID corners on allowing health-care workers to return to work with mild symptoms to go back to work sooner or without a negative test result. I think we are definitely seeing this in personal care homes.

Democracy at risk

The most recent elections in Brandon are extremely depressing for anyone who believes in democracy. Voter turnout rates of 17.9 per cent for the mayor and less for other positions are shocking. Reporting of the campaign and the results were confusing because of the previous council’s unfortunate decision to use numbers instead of names for the various wards. This is an American way of identifying districts, which removes any connection between the voter and their representative. People in Brandon should be able to identify with their neighbourhood, not a nondescript number. The first task of the new mayor and city council should be to restore the former names of each of the wards.

not always effective

In regard to agency nurses making more money than hospital nurses. Yes, they travel to unfamiliar places and pick up needs where there are no better options. They don’t work in really high acuity areas. Usually a hospital nurse gets seconded to these areas and agency nurses take their spot. They don’t know routines, floor layouts, specialized procedures. So they really aren’t always that effective. They aren’t forced to work mandatory overtime. Sometimes it’s dangerous. It can certainly increase the stress of the staff nurses.

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