PCs Call for Inquest Into Fatality Following Woman's Release from Winnipeg Hospital

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March 7, 2012

Inquest would bring closure for family and reduce future critical incidents: Driedger

The family of Heather Brenan, along with the Progressive Conservatives, would like the province to call an inquest into the death of the 68-year-old woman that occurred shortly after being released from a Winnipeg hospital.

“The automatic reviews that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is conducting do not go far enough,” said PC Health Critic Myrna Driedger. “The critical incident review won’t publicly release its findings – providing no closure for the family and no assurances to the public that health care delivery will be improved in the wake of this fatal incident.”

An ill Heather Brenan was sent home from Seven Oaks hospital on January 27th in a taxi cab with no house keys. She lost consciousness on her doorstep and died the next day.

“I’m still in shock. What happened to my mother is not care,” said Heather’s daughter, Dana Brenan, during a recent phone call with Driedger from her England home. “There needs to be accountability for what went wrong in my mother’s death.”

Driedger noted she was taken aback that the NDP didn’t initiate a public inquest already. “What are they trying to hide? There are so many questions that are unanswered and we will never know why this happened and what’s being done to ensure another colossal breakdown in care like this doesn’t occur again,” Driedger added.