CHA to close hospital cafeteria September 30

Part of health authority’s budget mitigation efforts

Darrell Cole webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on August 13, 2014
The cafeteria at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will stop the retail sale of food to staff and customers on Sept. 30.
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The cafeteria at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will stop the retail sale of food to staff and customers on Sept. 30.

UPPER NAPPAN – Cafeteria services at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will come to a conclusion at the end of September.

The Cumberland Health Authority confirmed Wednesday the retail sale of food to staff and the public at the regional hospital is being discontinued.

“This decision was not an easy one, however, retail food sales are not a core business of the health authority,” CHA spokeswoman Ann Keddy said. “Over the past number of years, sales have not been able to support the operation of the cafeteria and it has been subsidized by other hospital operations.”

The decision, Keddy said, is part of the CHA’s mitigation plan to meet its $1.3-million budgetary shortfall for the 2014-15 fiscal year and has been approved by the Health and Wellness Department.

Keddy said the change will not impact the preparation of meals for patients at the hospital and meals will continue to be prepared on-site by staff in the dietary department.

The cafeteria space will remain open for staff who wish to continue to use it for breaks and meal time.

The decision will not impact the Meals on Wheels program operated by the Cumberland VON,

“There will be no full-time jobs lost, however, there will be a reduction in the overall number of hours within the dietary department, which may impact casual employees,” Keddy said.

Keddy said freshly-prepared food will still be available at the coffee shop that’s operated by the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary. The coffee shop is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After hours and on weekends, there are vending machines in the cafeteria and emergency department with a variety of items available.

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