There’s been disturbing news this week about Brian Sinclair, 45, the homeless man who died in a Winnipeg hospital emergency room after a 34 hour wait. According to news reports from the Sun, “a video has been released that suggests the man was triaged by ER staff after entering the ER”.
Although the medical examiner for Winnipeg is conducting a full inquest which is not yet completed, this news refutes earlier claims by staff that Sinclair did not sign in to the ER, that he was simply a homeless person who came into the ER to seek shelter.
As posted here in the missionlog last September – “the man.. was discovered to have been dead several hours when ER staff finally checked on him. He was in the ER a total of 34 hours without being attended to by any hospital staff. It was another member of the public waiting who finally brought him to the attention of staff. A spokesperson for the hospital said some homeless people have made it a habit recently to seek shelter in the ER waiting room… ” They claimed at the time, ” the double amputee was ‘a regular’ at the emergency room. Regional health officials say he was never registered or seen by triage nurses over the weekend until it was too late”.
As a matter of fact, one of our homeless friends here in Toronto is also a recent double amputee and he directly attributes the complications that gave rise to the infection and amputations to discrimination at the hand of Toronto health care providers over a period of more than a year. Check back to the missionlog here for more updates on the inquest into Brian Sinclair’s death.
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