Ros­ter isn’t be­ing ‘re­aligned’... it’s a cut

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION - Matthew New­ton matthew.new­ton@chin­chillanews.com.au

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.

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