Another Coroner’s Inquest is coming down the wire – this time for three people who died after leaving an Abbotsford Hospital.
But some claim these inquests do nothing to change the flaws in these systems.
Barb McLintock with the BC Coroner’s Service says that assumption is too general.
“We do know quite a few recommendations are in fact done exactly by what we want them to do; a lot of them have been implemented. And I know some of the ones that involve the Fraser Valley, for example – in terms of looking at some of the psychiatric issues there, they have been adopted.”
McLintock says it’s a blanket statement to say many recommendations aren’t implemented.
“We work closely with the Health Authority, or with whomever gets the recommendations…police, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and normally a reasonably high proportion of them do get implemented.”
Jonny Morris with the Canadian Mental Health Association says the right kinds of changes are far from simple.
“The recommendations that are put forward are very challenging to implement, and often require change at quite a systems level. And I think at times, what happens is we see repeated recommendations made because they do require pretty substantial systems level or policy shift.”
“People with lived experience of mental illness and addiction carry valuable knowledge about the changes that we can make to our system to make it more responsive.”
The BC Coroners Service announced this week that it will hold an inquest into the deaths of Brian David Geisheimer, 30; Sebastien Pavit Abdi, 19; and Sarah Louise Charles, 41.
McLintock says the inquest will start in May of next year.