To the editor,
Having spent the last month along with other family providing food for a sibling who was a patient in the Aberdeen Hospital, it took me a few days to cool my jets before I wrote this letter.
I was appalled at the food offered, meal after meal. The cream of wheat could be used for wallpaper glue, the scrambled eggs were small pieces of what could be described as yellow rubber, the toast was soggy and the “broth” was basically a cup of water with some type of flavouring – whatever flavour you thought it might be. The potatoes, I am sure, are the pre-packaged flakes reconstituted with water and frozen, the peas looked like they were mashed, put into moulds and frozen to make them look like the real thing until they thawed and turned into mush. The ground meat, be it chicken, pork or beef, covered with gravy all tasted the same. Yuk!
I saw patients refusing altogether or eating crackers and desserts – they had to eat something. I tried to eat a meal brought to my family member and almost gagged.
Is it true this crap is trucked from Ontario frozen then heated up? Is this the same at all hospitals in Nova Scotia? If so, shame on all who had anything to do with it.
Have you any idea how much flak the staff takes over the food? It is not their fault, and they’re not supposed to comment. Do you realize how much is thrown out? And this is saving money?
Reading the Health Authority information package, it states: “We work together to improve services and achieve healthier people and communities.” Really! Feeding sick people in hospitals, elderly people in nursing homes and the veterans who fought for our freedom this excuse for meals is not acceptable. Trying to save money at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens is morally wrong, disgraceful and disgusting.
There must be other areas to cut costs where defenseless citizens are not deprived of a basic necessity of life. Are all out-of-country conferences necessary? Is putting millions of dollars into failing businesses that fold in a few months saving money?
I hope none of you or your loved ones are subjected to this poor food any time soon – me included. I am one of the fortunate ones – I have family. Not everyone does. I worked a lot of years in several hospitals both in nursing and administration and have never experienced such dissatisfaction over the meals. This has to improve and requires action now.
Edith C. Hiscock