Health P.E.I. offers job to wrong applicant

Jim Day
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Health P.E.I.

Clerical error led to case of right name, wrong guy as two people with same name have job applications on file

A clerical error led to Health P.E.I. offering a job to the wrong person earlier this month.

The successful applicant had recently applied for a position while his namesake had filed an application a few years back for a completely unrelated job with this provincial health authority.

Both applicants of the same name, which The Guardian has chosen not to reveal, were in Health P.E.I.'s human resources system.

The wrong applicant was notified recently that he was in line for a job with one of the hospitals on P.E.I.

He immediately informed Health P.E.I. that he had not applied for the job, was not interested in the job and was not qualified for the job.

"It was a simple error,'' says Tanya Tynski, director of human resources with Health P.E.I.

"We don't take those things lightly.''

Tynski says an investigation has been completed into the slip-up, but she would not comment on what, if any, action was taken.

"We look at it from a quality improvement opportunity,'' she says.

Tynski says this is the first time she has encountered such an error in her 25 years of work with the province.

Asked what would have happened if the wrong applicant had not notified Health P.E.I. of the error, Tynski says the successful applicant for the job would have been contacted.

Organizations: Health P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • J
    January 17, 2016 - 09:13

    I remember a time when a government phoned a dozen or so people and offered jobs; however, they were the wrong applicants, jobs then had to be found for the people who were getting the jobs. Don't think this made the news. One mistake, who would have reported this to the guardian anyway?

  • de udder guy
    January 16, 2016 - 21:20

    Perhaps this is the new investigation unit launched by The Guardian to uncover Island scandals. Tune in next week when we hear about the person at Tim's who ordered a double/double and got a single/double. Breathtaking.

  • joke
    January 15, 2016 - 21:38

    "Tynski says this is the first time she has encountered such an error in her 25 years of work with the province." First time someone hired legitimately through a resume??? Usually you kiss Richards knuckles and you get 14 weeks..... Hail Wade

  • Mac
    January 15, 2016 - 18:36

    You can't be serious!! I never comment on these sites but really???? This is NOT news!! Guardian, you should be embarrassed!!!

  • This Hour Has 22 Minutes
    January 15, 2016 - 15:54

    Was it Mr. Gallant that got the job?

  • You have got to be kidding
    January 15, 2016 - 13:19

    Honestly, why is this news? Someone made a mistake and that mistake is splashed over the media? I cannot imagine the embarrassment felt by the employee. A mistake was made, it was corrected, move on. Dear knows what will make the "news" on a slow day.