B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth says she’s not being allowed to see an internal review on the death of a 17-year-old boy who was found last summer outside BC Children’s Hospital.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says Alex Malamalatabua had been living at the hospital for five months because he had nowhere else to go. She says he jumped off a crane in August and died.
The hospital has completed an internal review, but Turpel-Lafond says she’s being denied a copy by staff at the hospital, the Provincial Health Services Agency and the Ministry of Health.
The watchdog says she may yet appeal to get that set aside in court, but says that’s a “complex process.”
“I’m a small agency that tries to work with families. I don’t have a whole bunch of lawyers and I don’t want to spend my money on a bunch of lawyers challenging privacy laws, I will probably have to have a more thorough investigation.”
She says she was denied under section 52 of the Evidence Act, with the explanation that anything that’s investigated inside a hospital does not have to be shared with anyone.
No comment so far from the health or children’s ministries.