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Swings and roundabouts

"I'm interested to know Dave Cull's stance on this issue."  

He's a busy man,  debbie_w60.  Not long to the election and the 10,000 extra jobs are somewhat behind schedule.  So the extra demand for meals to take to hospital patients must be a welcome boost for local producers both of fresh ingredients for those who cook food at home for their loved inpatients, and the commercial producers of quality palatable food. I'm sure Dunedin's mayor will express an opinion sooner or later.

Where's Dave?

I'm interested to know Dave Cull's stance on this issue. Does he care about our hospital and patient needs? Where was he and what does he plan to do about this? A statement would be good.

Who's left?

Nonsense. The patient didn't leave the ward to protest for leftist reasons. The respected middle aged middle class are not lefties (oh, well, they are in Wellington, I grant you).

No danger of a tough sentence

Meth users may also be leaving traces in leafy Remuera. The drug is attractive across the social spectrum.
Users and cooks may not be actual dealers. Because P is Class A, the maximum penalty for selling it is life imprisonment. No judge has handed down this sentence.

Silence is not a 'yes' vote

"The food quality has definitely decreased, but it still has a 75% approval rating."  

No, it has a 75% not-complaining rating.  Many people just don't complain, or moan to family, friends and strangers they meet at bus stops, everyone except the ones with power to make a difference.  I already wrote about a lady who started losing weight, not complaining just pushing her meal away and saying she wasn't hungry.  

What's needed is a robust investigation into how many people enjoyed the meals enough to eat up and keep their nutrition levels up.  In a letter to the print ODT today Maurice Prendergast says he enjoyed the meals when he was recently in hospital - a friend's husband says the same (she said she wonders what that tells her about her own cooking, maybe not as good as she thought!) so opinions definitely vary.  It may also depend on what people's home food is like.  Some home cooks could ruin 2-minute noodles.  And I wonder if there is a genetic factor about flavours/smells, like the factor that makes coriander taste delicious or like bugs, and asparagus "by-product" smell strongly from some people but not others.

Okay is not okay

@thefly and rem: Okay food is not okay. Remember, to get the contract and placate the public Compass assured us that the meals would be equal to or better than what we had. As Thefly noted "The food quality has definitely decreased" , thus Compass are not delivering on their assurances. The decrease in quality certainly isn't justified by the meagre savings projected, and those savings were based on every DHB signing up so are likely to be far less. 

As for 75% satisfied, is that really 75% satisfaction or is it 75% that haven't put in a written complaint? Dissatisfaction usually runs deeper than figures show, as there are always the "I don't want to cause a fuss" or the "didn't know how" etc people. Add to that the 50% of Meals on Wheels clients that have cancelled, and the staff who are prefering to eat at the more expensive commerical cafes because the Compass food is so bad, and you have far less than 75% satisfaction. Any other business who ran those sort of numbers and losses upon taking over a contract would get shown the door quick enough.

And in the end it really only comes down to one thing - "are we the consumer actually getting the finished product that we we assured of by the contactor when they were bidding for the contract"? The answer is no. Therefore can the contract, as you would any tradesman that was giving you an inferior product for your money.

Paying for nothing

"What other organisation, business or otherwise would be happy after employing a new manager and then losing 50% (meals on wheels)" - hey Lynden, where's the problem?   No worries at all if the business is being paid according to their nice long (15 years sewn up) contract whether the product is used or not by the client who pays.  That's us as taxpayers ultimately, in case anyone has forgotten.

Relative morality of ending life

The flipside is the scenario of packing Granny off because she's a bit fluey, or the alleged European belief that mental illness or disability are grounds for euthanasia.
In the situations you mention, there are grounds for termination, but surely the patient is the one who decides, by advance directive.
It would be wrong to think all who oppose euthanasia are religionists.

The city of anti-progress

Oh for gods sake! Another one bites the dust. This city is stuck in a time warp. Nothing new is allowed to proceed. I visited a Raeward Fresh near Christchurch airport last week. It was wonderful! Boutique-style food store with emphasis on fresh fruit with a great deli and attached cafe. Dunedin has missed out on a great community store. Thanks bureaucrats and opposers... not.

Plan according to the rules

Have I heard it before, this will bring jobs and prosperity as an excuse for demanding ratepayer subsidies, or changes to the District Plan, or trampling over the wishes of Dunedin people?  In this case it's Raeward touting "the benefits of promoting new investment and employment opportunities to South Dunedin" as a reason for ignoring the District Plan.  Personally I don't see the harm in having the store where they want it.  I do see harm in allowing the District Plan to be compulsory for the average person but optional for larger organisations and businesses.

And I do see something naiive, or arrogant, or over-entitled about doing one's planning based on something that is not permitted then bleating when the authorities say "No" - or in this case are prepared to bend the rules but impose some conditions.

What if a group of students took their own cheap alcohol to a bar instead of pre-loading?  How much luck would they have if they whined about how it was unfair,  because the bar already served alcohol so what's the problem?  And now the police have made us late for lectures, boo-hoo.   Isn't it an important "got the plot" signal when people make their plans according to the rules that apply, in the first place?

And anyway the "additional jobs" excuse has proven to be thin most times.  A business that sells almost identical stock to existing businesses in the same area?  So people are going to buy more produce and alcohol?  Or are they going to buy the same as they do now, but spread the spending around one more supermarket?  More staff employed, yes, the ones the old stores don't need because they have lost a proportion of sales.  How is that enough of a benefit to Dunedin to justify breaking the rules? 


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