Five years after the death of her father, Cloverdale’s Rita McDonnell is still demanding better protection for B.C.’s seniors.
…According to the B.C. Ombudsperson, quoted in 2012, “The Ministry of Health does not require care staff to report information indicating seniors receiving residential care services are being abused or neglected.”
“Further, B.C.’s Health Ministry doesn’t require service providers to notify police if an incident of abuse or neglect that may constitute a criminal offense…”
Catherine Adamson says most people don’t believe her when she tells them B.C. medical personnel who commit errors leading to the wrongful death of a child are effectively out of range for legal damages.
Since her daughter died in 1997, Adamson has been fighting to change B.C.’s Family Compensation Act, which limits financial compensation for wrongful deaths to those who had dependents.
Investigations by the coroner’s office and the children’s commission (the latter of which was abolished in 2002 by the B.C. Liberals) found Heidi died of medical errors. But when Adamson asked her lawyer about the next steps after Heidi’s death, she was told there were none..