BR NWT Health Investigation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 18, 2016

YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories has promised an independent investigation into the death of an aboriginal man who was assumed to be drunk when he was suffering from a stroke.

Health Minister Glen Abernethy says he learned about Hugh Papik’s case last week from the local member of the legislature.

He says he decided to call the investigation after a media report and conversations with fellow politicians.

The 67-year-old man from Aklavik, in the northwest corner of the territory, suffered the stroke August 3rd.

His niece Maggie Papik says staff at the local health centre didn’t perform a physical exam, despite her uncle having a history of heart trouble and none of drinking.

By the time Papik convinced medical staff to fly her uncle to hospital in Yellowknife, it was too late.

Abernethy says the investigation will have the power to compel testimony.

Neither the testimony nor the hearing will be made public, but Abernethy says recommendations will be.

(The Canadian Press)

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