Statement from the Minister of Health

December 12, 2014

The death of Mr. Brian Sinclair was a preventable tragedy.  The system failed Mr. Sinclair and for that I humbly apologize to his family, friends and loved ones.

Today, Judge Preston released his report into Mr. Sinclair’s death.  I want to take this opportunity to commend Judge Preston for this thoughtful and comprehensive report.  I would also like to thank all those who appeared at and participated in the independent judicial inquest.

In his report, Judge Preston provided 63 wide-ranging recommendations that will help to improve emergency care across Manitoba.  As the minister of health, I accept all of his recommendations.

As such, I am assigning my deputy minister, Ms Karen Herd, to lead an implementation team.  In 90 days, this implementation team will be expected to assess the feasibility of the recommendations that have been made by Justice Preston and report back to me with a short-term, medium-term and long-term implementation strategy.

Regional health authority boards shall ensure their chief executive officers have appointed a senior leader to the implementation team and the CEO has enabled their full participation.

We are committed to ensure other families will not face the same tragic and preventable loss that has been faced by Mr. Sinclair’s family.

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