Death of Brian Sinclair

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Brian Sinclair (1963 – 2008) was age 45 when he died September 21, 2008 while waiting for medical attention in Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre. Brian was a double amputee in a wheelchair and had been brought to the center for a blocked catheter. Sinclair arrived in a taxi van at the emergency department just before 3 p.m. September 19, 2008. A video of his arrival is on YouTube. He was dead for two to seven hours before someone in authority noticed and it is estimated he waited thirty-four hours.[1][2][3][4] Security officer Gary Francis found Brian Sinclair dead.[5]

Nurses thought he was intoxicated. [6] Patients next to Brian spoke to authorities for him but were ignored.[7][8] Seventeen people working at the facility witnessed Brian Sinclair waiting.[9]

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority released a statement on the death written by Arlene Wilgosh, stating "The inquest started on August 6, 2013, heard from many different witnesses and experts, and concluded on June 13, 2014 following a total 40 hearing days in which 82 witnesses provided testimony. As I have said previously, Mr. Sinclair’s death was preventable. He came to us seeking care, and we failed him."

See Also

External links

  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority statement
  • The Judge Tim Preston inquiry into the death of Brian Sinclair report (Contributed by: Darren Bernhardt, CBC News)
  • Video of Brian Sinclair's arrival


  1. ^ "Ignored to death: Brian Sinclair's death caused by racism, inquest inadequate, group says" CBC news. September 17, 2017
  2. ^ Lett, D (2013). "Emergency department problems raised at Sinclair inquest". CMAJ. 185: 1483. doi:10.1503/cmaj.109-4633. PMC 3832555. PMID 24144603.
  3. ^ "Death after 34-hour ER wait was preventable: judge" CTV news. December 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Brian Sinclair Archive of multiple articles at Macleans
  5. ^ "ER staff didn't believe Brian Sinclair was dead, even when other patients told them" Winnipeg Sun. August 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Nurse thought Brian Sinclair was intoxicated, inquest told" CBC news. October 2013
  7. ^ "Brian Sinclair's condition didn't seem urgent, inquest told" CBC news. January 2014.
  8. ^ "Brian Sinclair ignored by Winnipeg ER: report" CBC news. September 05, 2013
  9. ^ "‘Unfair’ to discipline staff for Winnipeg man’s death during ER wait" Author Chinta Puxley. Publisher The Canadian Press. September 13, 2013
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