Cabbies are responsible for getting patients home safe: Manitoba officials

Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative...

Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Jan. 10, 2014 concerning two men who died after being discharged from the Grace Hospital and sent home in taxicabs. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

Kevin King, QMI Agency

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WINNIPEG - WINNIPEG — Manitoba expects to place the onus on taxicab drivers to make sure patients discharged from hospital arrive home safely after two men died outside their residences after being dropped off by cabs late in 2013.

The men were discharged from Grace Hospital within days of one another in bone-chilling conditions.

David Silver, 78, arrived via ambulance on Dec. 30 complaining of abdominal pain. He was diagnosed with gallstones and kidney stones, told he needed to see his family doctor and given a cab slip to get home. His family was told he suffered a heart attack moments after the cab pulled away at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, though he wasn’t found until much later in the day.

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) officials said the other man, who they declined to provide details on citing privacy concerns, also died of an “underlying medical condition” and not due to the cold. His death was a few days prior to Silver’s.

The man was at the Grace for more than 24 hours before being discharged and sent home in a cab. A passerby called 911 after seeing the man lying on the sidewalk in front of his apartment complex. He was pronounced dead by emergency personnel who responded.


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