|Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal. (MATHIEU LACOMBE / QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - Police and officials at an east-end hospital are investigating after a patient allegedly climbed out of a ninth-floor window and plunged to his death Sunday morning.
It is the second time in less than a year that a patient has died after falling out of a window on the ninth floor of Montreal's Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital.
Sunday's death occurred about two weeks after a man was arrested for allegedly trying to kill an elderly patient at another Montreal hospital in late June. The accused is also suspected of murdering two other patients a few days prior.
The incidents are raising questions about security in Montreal-area hospitals.
Paul Brunet, president of a patients' rights group, told QMI Agency on Sunday that the patient should have never had access to a floor with windows that open.
"The (patient) had a psychiatric file," he said. "Do you think he should have had more supervision in the area that he was held in?"
The man, who was in his 50s, was released from a psychiatric hospital and admitted to Maisonneuve-Rosemont for an operation, QMI Agency has learned. He allegedly did not show signs of depression.
Andre Bouthillier, spokesman for the hospital, said all windows in patient rooms were bolted following last October's suicide when a 74-year-old man jumped to his death from the ninth floor.
However, the victim on Sunday fell out of a window in the hospital's visitors' lounge, where the windows are not bolted.
"The hospital opened an internal investigation after (Sunday's) incident," Bouthillier said. "How did the patient get from his location to the ninth floor and jump? The investigation will allow us to find out."
Montreal police confirmed they are investigating. A representative from the Quebec coroner's office was also at the hospital on Sunday.
Police spokesman Daniel Richer said police and the coroner's office have not concluded that the man's death was a suicide.
"We are still investigating," he said. "We are looking at all the possibilities."