Right name, wrong guy

Health P.E.I. of­fers wrong ap­pli­cant a job

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY JIM DAY jday@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/GuardianJimDay

A cler­i­cal er­ror led to Health P.E.I. of­fer­ing a job to the wrong per­son ear­lier this month.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant had re­cently ap­plied for a po­si­tion while his name­sake had filed an ap­pli­ca­tion a few years back for a com­pletely un­re­lated job with this pro­vin­cial health au­thor­ity.

Both ap­pli­cants of the same name, which The Guardian has cho­sen not to re­veal, were in Health P.E.I.’s hu­man re­sources sys­tem.

The wrong ap­pli­cant was no­ti­fied re­cently that he was in line for a job with one of the hospi­tals on P.E.I.

He im­me­di­ately in­formed Health P.E.I. that he had not ap­plied for the job, was not in­ter­ested in the job and was not qual­i­fied for the job.

“It was a sim­ple er­ror,’’ says Tanya Tyn­ski, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources with Health P.E.I.

“We don’t take those things lightly.’’

Tyn­ski says an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been com­pleted into the slip-up, but she would not com­ment on what, if any, ac­tion was taken.

“We look at it from a qual­ity im­prove­ment op­por­tu­nity,’’ she says.

Tyn­ski says this is the first time she has en­coun­tered such an er­ror in her 25 years of work with the prov­ince.

Asked what would have hap­pened if the wrong ap­pli­cant had not no­ti­fied Health P.E.I. of the er­ror, Tyn­ski says the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant for the job would have been con­tacted.

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