Wednesday, October 5, 2016

From: Julie Ali Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 5:16 PM Subject: deaths of mentally ill patients and elopements from hospital--all fatality reports To: Jennifer Fuchinsky Hi Ms. Fuchinsky, I have written to you previously about patients who eloped from Alberta Hospital and RGH (Rockyview General Hospital). I have discovered this isn't an isolated matter in Alberta but occurs at other hospitals and has been occurring over time without effective response by Alberta Health, AHS or previous health authorities. This is a surprising matter since you would expect that the deaths of patients with mental health concerns who have died as a result of elopement from supposedly secure hospital wards would raise a red flag in the authorities and result in amelioration of the problems immediately. Instead it appears we have had dilly dallying by the government of Alberta, chatter about the rights of mentally ill patients as if their rights to safety were not the paramount matter and such like ineffective responses that haven't solved the problems. I am curious why we haven't solved the problems. I started off with the elopements from Alberta Hospital that I requested fatality reports on. Then I asked you for fatality reports on patient elopements from RGH when I found out it seemed to have an intractable elopement problem. Now I am asking you for all fatality reports associated with elopement of patients from all other hospitals in Alberta. Can you do a search for all fatality reports associated with elopements of citizens from hospital? Some of these fatality reports may not be designated as elopements but simply as discharges against advice of medical staff (left by themselves while without insight into their mental health state).I have so far only found two hospitals with this problem but if there are any others I want to have the reports. It would be much more productive if the government of Alberta had all documents on the Alberta Justice website as this would be more efficient for the public as well as provide uw with a continuous permanent record of fatalities, Instead we only have an incomplete snapshot out of time that may not indicate to the public the extent of the problems in the system. I wonder why the AER is able to provide us with a permanent record of all non-compliances by the oil and gas industry while the government of Alberta with it's multitude of resources (our taxpayer dollars) can't do the same matter. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Julie Ali


From: Julie Ali 
Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Subject: deaths of mentally ill patients and elopements from hospital--all fatality reports
To: Jennifer Fuchinsky <jennifer.fuchinsky@gov.ab.ca>


Hi Ms. Fuchinsky,

I have written to you previously about patients who eloped from Alberta Hospital and RGH (Rockyview General Hospital). I have discovered this isn't an isolated matter in Alberta but occurs at other hospitals and has been occurring over time without effective response by Alberta Health, AHS or previous health authorities. This is a surprising matter since you would expect that the deaths of patients with mental health concerns who have died as a result of elopement from supposedly secure hospital wards would raise a red flag in the authorities and result in amelioration of the problems immediately. Instead it appears we have had dilly dallying by the government of Alberta, chatter about the rights of mentally ill patients as if their rights to safety were not the paramount matter and such like ineffective responses that haven't solved the problems. I am curious why we haven't solved the problems.

I started off with the elopements from Alberta Hospital that I requested fatality reports on. Then I asked you for fatality reports on patient elopements from RGH when I found out it seemed to have an intractable elopement problem.
Now I am asking you for all fatality reports associated with elopement of patients from all other hospitals in Alberta. 

Can you do a search for all fatality reports associated with elopements of citizens from hospital?  Some of these fatality reports may not be designated as elopements but simply as discharges against advice of medical staff (left by themselves while without insight into their mental health state).I have so far only found two hospitals with this problem but if there are any others I want to have the reports.  


It would be much more productive if the government of Alberta had all documents on the Alberta Justice website as this would be more efficient for the public as well as provide uw with a continuous permanent record of fatalities, Instead we only have an incomplete snapshot out of time that may not indicate to the public the extent of the problems in the system.  I wonder why the AER is able to provide us with a permanent record of all non-compliances by the oil and gas industry while the government of Alberta with it's multitude of resources (our taxpayer dollars) can't do the same matter.  

Thank you for  your help.

Sincerely, 

Julie Ali

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