Roster isn’t being ‘realigned’... it’s a cut
LAST week’s story regarding hours being cut at Southern Cross Care Queensland nursing homes in Chinchilla and Taroom certainly struck a chord with readers who were rightly concerned about the well-being of family members who live there.
With staff already “run off their feet”, it’s hard to believe that cutting 518 hours from the fortnightly roster at Illoura is going to equate to the same quality of care.
Southern Cross Care Queensland CEO Peter Bell has defended his organisation’s cuts in this week’s paper as he was unavailable for comment last week. But what strikes me the most about his comments is that he fails to mention the word ‘cuts’ at all, preferring instead the term ‘roster realignment’.
As a journalist, you see this degradation of the English language all the time. Words and language that precisely and accurately convey meaning are replaced with mealy-mouthed sayings and vague expressions that attempt to hide the truth of a matter.
I live in the hope that at some point in the near-distant future, organisations, corporations and politicians will learn to speak simply and plainly and with respect for the people they serve.
Because that’s what this ‘roster realignment’ amounts to – blatant contempt for people’s intelligence.
If you’re concerned about family members at Illoura, make sure you pick up the phone and lodge a plainspeaking complaint with SCCQ head office on 3340 3200.