On September 21, 2008, Mr. Brian Sinclair died of a treatable bladder infection in the Health Sciences Centre emergency department waiting room. After hearing evidence from 82 witnesses, Provincial Court Judge Tim Preston released a 200-page report on December 12, 2014, identifying 63 recommendations to help prevent future harm or deaths.
Judge Preston concluded that “...the acute peritonitis which caused his (Brian Sinclair’s) death was avoidable. Brian Sinclair died because he did not receive the initial treatment he required. Hopefully, the recommendations that I make, as a result of hearing from those people who cared for Brian Sinclair during his later years and experts in areas of Emergency Medicine, will help prevent anything like this from ever recurring.”
Judge Preston’s report and recommendations were accepted by the Government of Manitoba, and a provincial implementation team was formed to undertake the recommendations set out. Provincial implementation team progress reports will be posted here, communicating the progress made in achieving the inquest recommendations.