HR Strange But True!
October 21, 2009

Workplaces are supposed to have creature comforts, not creatures--especially not rabbits, seagulls, and bats. And what if the workplaces are hospitals! You might not want to get sick in Dundee, Scotland.

In the good old USA, employers are required to provide a safe and healthy workplace. But hospitals in rural Scotland are providing an array of creatures to rival “Animal Planet.”

Revelations of this zoo parade began when the Tayside Hospital Group had to disclose facility reports, under the UK's freedom of information legislation, to The Courier when patients reported bats flying around hospital wards to the newspaper.

Pest controllers had been called in and found not just bats, but rats, mice, seagulls, rabbits, and an assortment of nasty insects such as flies, ants, wasps, hornets--and cockroaches everywhere from patient areas, to kitchens, to the operating rooms, according to a report in The Courier. Unfortunately not all the creatures were alive.

And as if the Personnel Department didn't have enough problems--bird's nests were found inside HR!

Local representative Marlyn Glen said the idea of this menagerie in a workplace, let alone a hospital that is supposed to be “clean and safe … is utterly repellant.” She called on the Health Secretary to “to get on top of this and support staff instead of cutting budgets.”

Tayside Hospitals responded by saying they would begin “regular inspection of all premises … to deal with outbreaks of pests as they occur.”

Source: The Courier

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