June 13, 2014 11:59 am

Coalition says it will pick up where ER death inquest left off

Brian Sinclair is shown in an image from surveillance footage of his time at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre in September 2008. He died during a 34-hour wait for care.

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WINNIPEG – Academics, aboriginal groups and health-care professionals say they are disappointed with an inquest into the death of Brian Sinclair during a 34-hour wait in a Winnipeg ER.

The coalition, which includes people from across Canada, says it will explore what it calls “systemic racism” in health care and make its own recommendations on how to address it.

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Donna Martin, nursing professor at the University of Manitoba, said the group doesn’t want the issues around Brian Sinclair’s death to end with the inquest, which concluded Thursday.

Racism exists in society and it is ridiculous to pretend it doesn’t extend into Canada’s health-care system, she said.

Sinclair, who was aboriginal, died in 2008 in the waiting room of Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre of a treatable bladder infection.

Staff testified at the inquest into his death that they assumed he was drunk or homeless rather than someone waiting for medical care.

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