That said, hospital officials didn’t have to rub that fact in the faces of people who attended a public consultation on the issue. They know that.
Even the City of Ottawa, appalling at consulting the public, would not say that. Instead civic officials would listen politely to the public and then do what they damn well please. But at least the pesky public consultation is out of the way.
People want to be heard and their ideas considered. The public’s ideas might be appalling but hospital officials should politely listen. And who knows, maybe someone will have a great idea. Every now and then a mushroom grows on a compost heap.
The hospital’s attitude is like that of a doctor who says he or she knows best for their patient. And they do. But it is the patient’s body so better to make the patient feel like it is their decision. That works.
And it works in public consultations, too.
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