Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Do Privatized Flies Taste Better?

Milwaukee County First is reporting about a complaint that was apparently filed at Milwaukee County's Behavioral Health Division. According to the report, the food service that Scott Walker successfully pushed to privatize in 2009, has not exactly been a model of quality. Here are some of the issues that have been reported:

  • Inadequate portion size
  • Ignoring special diet needs
  • Bugs in food

The Behavioral Health facility was already audited and cited after a terrible starvation death and other horrible things back in 2006. The last thing that they need is inadequate food portions, not to mention bugs in food an ignoring special diet orders. I know that Walker and his "conservative" disciples love to preach about private companies always being cheaper and more efficient. We already know that this dogma is simply not accurate. In fact this story validates some of the quality concerns that people have had about privatizing services in general. I suppose someone could make the argument that privatized flies taste better than regular ones.

All joking aside, this is actually a very serious issue and I wish that someone would finally be forced to own the incompetence at the Behavioral Health Division. For example, who is overseeing the dietary contracts out there? Some people have told me about possible cronyism going on at BHD and I wonder if that could be at play in this situation. I don't personally know, but what I do know is that these reports are serious and given the BHD history, someone should take action.

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