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Health-care standards not met at Alberta correctional centre, report finds

By The Canadian Press on October 25, 2023.

The Edmonton Remand Centre is shown on Saturday April 27, 2013. Alberta's public interest commissioner has found what he calls "serious lapses" in medical care at the provincial correctional centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Lemphers

EDMONTON – Alberta’s public interest commissioner has found what he calls “serious lapses” in medical care at a provincial correctional centre.

Kevin Brezinski’s investigation, responding to a whistleblower, says Alberta Correctional Health Services failed in five cases to provide adequate medical care at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

In two of those cases, the patients died, while the other three were hospitalized.

A nursing consultant who reviewed patient records concludes the agency provided poor pain management, inadequate help with drug withdrawal and didn’t monitor or record vital signs adequately.

Brezinski says Alberta Correctional Health Services has responded to his concerns and he’s satisfied with the changes.

The public interest commissioner is an agent of the Alberta legislature to whom public-sector employees or members of the public can bring concerns about government officials.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 25, 2023.

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