Mental-health advocates say past death reviews like Abbotsford inquest haven't prevented tragedies (Providence Health Care)
The B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) has said it has low expectations for a coroner’s inquest that will examine three deaths linked to mental-health issues that occurred over a four-month period beginning in December 2014.
According to the B.C. Coroners Service, all three individuals died shortly after leaving Abbotsford Regional Hospital, which is run by the Fraser Health Authority. The inquest is scheduled for May 16, 2016.
Those hospitals—operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, respectively—have also dealt with high-profile incidents that followed patients leaving a facility after they were admitted for a mental-health issue.
Travis Lupick reports.
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner