Hospital Officials Reviewing Inquest Findings

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 13:03



An official with Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital says it’s too soon to say what policy changes may be adopted in the wake of an inquest into the death of a First Nations woman.


A hospital spokesman says they don’t have too much to say right now.


A lawyer for the family of 48-year-old Linda Sahpassum said last week that the family may sue authorities in Prince Albert, who they feel could be responsible for the accidental death of their mother.


Linda Sahpassum died of head injuries on August 3rd, 2004.


The woman apparently fell getting out of a police cruiser inside the garage of the Prince Albert Police Service.


She had been picked up on a charge of intoxication after staff at the hospital called police to complain about the woman.


A doctor at last week’s inquest testified Sahpassum was not intoxicated the night in question, but rather, suffering from low blood sugar.


Doug Dahl of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region says they are waiting for a copy of the coroner’s report to arrive, and when they get it, they will review it extensively.


Dahl says the health region does not have a timeframe on when that review is to take place, but it could be awhile.


Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Prince Albert Police Service says the police are beginning a review of their own.