En­glish me­di­cal ser­vice hours not con­ve­nient

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS - Greg Ra­jews­ki, Pin­court, QC

Dear Edi­tor, Your Ja­nua­ry 18, 2014 ar­ticle en­tit­led, “Free En­glish health se­ries for 50s and over,” (In Other Words) re­min­ded me of my 2013 ex­pe­rience with ob­tai­ning En­glish ser­vices from our lo­cal CLSC (part of the Centre de san­té et de ser­vices so­ciaux de Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes net­work of health pro­vi­ders).

What I found frus­tra­ting was that their En­glish of­fe­rings were only avai­lable in the af­ter­noon while most of its po­ten­tial users were at day jobs. What I could not un­ders­tand was why si­mi­lar pro­grams for the French po­pu­la­tion were being of­fe­red in the eve­nings. I sha­red this ob­ser­va­tion with my phy­si­cian at a sub­sequent ap­point­ment and she com­men­ted that it wasn’t a sur­prise an­glo­phone pa­tients were being of­fe­red such sub­stan­dard ser­vice.

I thought her cy­ni­cism was un­foun­ded at the time, but now I’m not so sure. Your ar­ticle states that the “Hud­son mee­ting will be held from 1 p. m. to 3 p. m., on Jan. 20..., while the ... Pin­court mee­ting will take place from 1 p. m. to 3 p. m. on Jan. 23.” This tells me that the CLSC’s ap­pa­rent (or de­li­be­rate?) igno­rance of its En­glish po­pu­la­tion’s needs is alive and well. Ho­nest­ly, how ma­ny people bet­ween 50 and 65 could be avai­lable at those times if they only get off work at 5 p.m.?

I sup­pose this “free En­glish health se­ries” is just that be­cause the work­shops will li­ke­ly be can­cel­led due to “lack of in­te­rest”. The CLSC will then conclude that there is no de­mand for En­glish ser­vices (since an­glo­phones are not si­gning up for them) and use this “evi­dence” to jus­ti­fy why such ser­vices are ra­re­ly of­fe­red.

I guess it’s my turn to be cy­ni­cal...

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