NS Nursing Home Deaths – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 4, 2017 

HALIFAX – Two more Nova Scotia nursing home residents have died after being pushed by other residents.

The cases _ previously undisclosed and outlined in coroner’s reports obtained through a freedom of information request _ bring the number of such deaths since 2008 to 11.

The two newly revealed deaths, both since Jan. 1 last year, are the latest examples of such fatalities occurring without the Health Department notifying the public.

A third death did become public _ the case of 79-year-old Gordon Birchell was reported to The Canadian Press by a family friend and later confirmed by the RCMP.

Last year, The Canadian Press published reports of eight deaths since 2008 and found five had never been revealed to the public either by police or the province, and that one case wasn’t investigated until the public revelations.

The latest documents from the medical examiner’s office say another death occurred last year at the Harbour View Haven in Lunenburg, while the latest came this year at the Shannex Orchard home in Kentville.

Neither home was available for comment.

(The Canadian Press)


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