Coroner probes death of 19-year-old Indigenous man discharged from hospital
Ontario’s Office of the Chief Coroner says it’s investigating the death of a 19-year-old First Nations man a few hours after he was released from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
The 19-year-old was from a remote First Nation and his body was found less than a kilometre from the hospital in the early morning hours of Sept. 27. His suspected suicide has triggered concerns over the hospital’s discharging practices.
Chief Coroner of Ontario Dr. Dirk Huyer confirmed his office is investigating the death.
“When there are potential intersections of systems, there may be care-related issues, there could be policies or approaches that may potentially contribute to the death of anybody. Those are the types of things we look at.”
The young man was admitted to the Thunder Bay hospital at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 and discharged about three hours later, according to a letter written by Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler to hospital CEO Jean Bartkowiuk.
Fiddler said in an interview he was disappointed by the hospital’s response.
He questioned why hospital security guards would escort someone toward the campus, which is in a wooded area, when there is a bus stop on a brightly lit, wide road near the hospital entrance.
Tracie Smith, senior director of communications for the hospital, said in an emailed statement that Bartkowiuk had responded to Fiddler’s letter. Smith’s statement said the hospital’s quality of care review team had looked into the incident.
“The… team concluded that appropriate actions were taken and that the right decisions were made by clinical staff based on the information provided to them and the patient’s presentation,” said the statement.
“The participants maintain full confidence in the judgment and professionalism of those involved.”
The statement said the hospital would review its “current processes and procedures” and “identify improvements to prevent future incidents.”
“The response we received from the hospital is not acceptable,” Fiddler told CBC News.
“I know when it comes to systemic racism and the institutions that operate here, we know that there is racism in the hospital as well.” – CBC
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“I know when it comes to systemic racism and the institutions that operate here, we know that there is racism in the hospital as well.”
Of course. Might want to wait until you have all of the information before you make that kind of statement. Making accusations of racism without having all of the facts is irresponsible on Fiddler’s part. Typical politician.
Right now, there is no evidence to show that race had anything to do with the incident. After a thorough investigation, it may be shown to be the case. Also it may be shown not to be the case. We have to let the process do its thing.
What I do know is that the TBRHSC’s Emergency Department is a chaotic zoo in the evening.