Brian Sinclair’s death sparks province to look at ER layout overhaul

The death of 45-year-old Brian Sinclair sparked the province to look into overhauling the layout of Emergency Rooms. Global News

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is looking at overhauling the layout of 10 emergency rooms after the death of an indigenous man during a 34-hour wait.

But the family of Brian Sinclair, who died in a Winnipeg ER in 2008, says changing the configuration of the province’s emergency rooms won’t address the reason why the 45-year-old died without treatment.

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Sinclair’s death was the subject of an inquest which made 63 recommendations aimed primarily at policy reviews at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Two of them involved reviewing the layout of ERs to ensure people waiting for treatment are visible to the triage desk.

The province is now advertising for a consultant to examine the feasibility of those recommendations in 10 emergency rooms across Manitoba.

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Vilko Zbogar, lawyer for the Sinclair family, says the inquest found that people didn’t have trouble seeing Sinclair but made stereotypical assumptions about why he was there.

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