Reports say three people died while waiting

A west-end Toronto hospital is denying reports three people died earlier this week while waiting for treatment in either its emergency waiting room, on an ambulance stretcher or in its hallways.

"That is completely unfounded and untrue," said Dr. Naveed Mohammad, corporate chief of emergency services at William Osler Health Centre, which runs Etobicoke General Hospital.


A high volume of patients was admitted to emergency Monday and Tuesday, resulting in long delays for paramedics off-loading patients, but no one died waiting to see a doctor, said Mohammad yesterday.

His comments came on the heels of reports in which a paramedic union official said three people had died within 24 hours at Etobicoke General while in the waiting room or on a stretcher in its corridors.

records reviewed

  • Norm Lambert, deputy chief of emergency medical services, said after reviewing patient transport records, he could not find anything to substantiate the allegations.

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