Saturday, April 23, 2005

"it's political correctness at its extreme and I'm rather disappointed"

Bibles are being banned from hospitals in Fredericton:

A Fredericton hospital is being criticized for removing all Bibles from its patients' bedside tables in a quest to control infections.

"We have disinfection processes to disinfect other surfaces, but we don't have anything to disinfect books," said Jane Stafford, a spokeswoman for the River Valley Health Authority, which operates the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital[. . .]

Stafford said the Fredericton hospital isn't the first in Canada to take away the Bible in the interest of good hygiene.

Many hospitals in western Canada have been doing the same thing for years in an effort to control the spread of hospital-acquired infections, she said, adding that some other hospitals in the Maritimes recently followed suit [. . .]

"If the Bible is a threat in a drawer, where does it stop?" said the pastor of Fredericton's Skyline Acres Baptist Church. "Is it possible for these germs to reside and live on lampshades, curtains? You see what I'm saying." [. . .]

The city's mayor, Brad Woodside, is downright critical of the decision.

"I think it's political correctness at its extreme and I'm rather disappointed," he said. "To me, it's absolutely ridiculous. I've had a number of calls on it from people that are concerned." [. . .]

Stafford said the hospital has nothing against the most important book in Christianity. Patients are more than welcome to bring their own Bible when they come for surgery or treatment, she said – and the hospital's chapel is always open.
I wonder if the hospital would have taken such action if books by Michael Moore had been in the drawer?

And don't look now, but email is being blamed for stupidity. It is likened to that evil scourge called marijuana:
The distractions of constant emails, text and phone messages are a greater threat to IQ and concentration than taking cannabis, according to a survey of befuddled volunteers.

Doziness, lethargy and an increasing inability to focus reached "startling" levels in the trials by 1,100 people, who also demonstrated that emails in particular have an addictive, drug-like grip.

Respondents' minds were all over the place as they faced new questions and challenges every time an email dropped into their inbox. Productivity at work was damaged and the effect on staff who could not resist trying to juggle new messages with existing work was the equivalent, over a day, to the loss of a night's sleep.

"This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," said Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist from King's College, London University, who carried out 80 clinical trials for TNS research, commissioned by the IT firm Hewlett Packard. The average IQ loss was measured at 10 points, more than double the four point mean fall found in studies of cannabis users.

The most damage was done, according to the survey, by the almost complete lack of discipline in handling emails. Dr Wilson and his colleagues found a compulsion to reply to each new message, leading to constant changes of direction which inevitably tired and slowed down the brain.

Manners are also going by the board, with one in five of the respondents breaking off from meals or social engagements to receive and deal with messages. Although nine out of 10 agreed that answering messages during face-to-face meetings or office conferences was rude, a third nonetheless felt that this had become "acceptable and seen as a sign of diligence and efficiency".

In fact, it is a recipe for muddled thinking and poor performance, said Dr Wilson, who also called for restraint by the two-thirds of people who check work emails out of office hours and even on holiday. He said: "Companies should encourage a more balanced and appropriate way of working."
Imagine what studies might show about bloggers, especially drunk bloggers.

As in Russia, watch what you say.

1 Comment:

jomama said...

I wonder if the banning of Bibles
is a euphemism for saying 'we gotta
save money or we'll go broke soon'.

Do hospitals pay for Bibles?