Health crisis failing families

June 15, 2018 at 10:08 am

The police investigation into the death of Chrissy Dunnington is a tragic example of how the health crisis is failing Nova Scotians,  PC leader Karla MacFarlane said today.

MacFarlane called on the Minister of Health to cooperate fully with the police investigation and require the department of health to report any unexpected deaths or injuries in nursing homes to the appropriate authorities.

“It shouldn’t be up to a grieving family, like the Dunningtons, to engage the police,” MacFarlane said. “Families expect their government to ensure their loved ones are treated well in nursing homes. And when they aren’t, they expect their government to take action.”

Ms. Dunnington died in hospital on March 22 at the age of 40. Her death was attributed to an infection caused by a Stage 4 pressure ulcer, or bedsore.

“My heart goes out to Chrissy’s devoted family,” MacFarlane said. “I hope this investigation gives them the answers they are looking for and that they deserve.”