POLITICS

Inquest into baby's death will look at medical care in northern Manitoba

06/14/2012 10:40 EDT | Updated 08/14/2012 05:12 EDT
WINNIPEG - A provincial inquest into the death of a baby girl will examine health care in many remote Manitoba communities.

Manitoba's chief medical examiner has called an inquest into the death last November of Drianna Ross, a two-month-old girl from God's Lake Narrows who died of pneumonia.

The girl's mother brought her to the reserve's nursing station on Nov. 22 with a fever and was sent home with Tylenol.

Over the next three days, the parents called the nursing station six times before the girl was transferred to hospital in Thompson, where she died hours later.

A statement from the chief medical examiner says the inquest will look at what, if anything, could be done to prevent similar deaths and the appropriateness of services at nursing stations across the province.

The chief medical examiner has also announced that inquests will be held into the deaths of three men who died last year either in police custody or after an altercation with police.

Inquests are mandatory in such cases.