Judge calls for review, improvements of health care at Winnipeg Remand Centre

Greene died on May 1, 2016, after suffering two seizures while shackled in a cell at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. (APTN file)

A Manitoba judge is calling for a full review of health-care services at the Winnipeg Remand Centre where an inmate died after suffering seizures.

Provincial court Judge Heather Pullan says nurses and correctional officers at the centre should be trained to handle seizures and an independent body should be hired to review the centre’s medical unit.

READ the inquest report here.

Pullan also says responsibility for inmates’ medical care should be transferred from the provincial Justice Department to the Health Department.

Pullan’s recommendations are in a 162-page report following an inquest into the May 1, 2016, death of Errol Greene.

Greene, who was 26, was an epileptic, had not been given anti-seizure medication, and died after having two seizures the day after he was admitted.

He was arrested ​for drinking alcohol, which broke conditions of a prior mischief charge.



Online Journalist / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.