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October 15, 2010

WRHA will continue to cooperate with Winnipeg Police investigation

Region acknowledges mistakes were made; but has no evidence of criminal wrongdoing or individual liability

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was informed today by Winnipeg Police of their decision to conduct a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Brian Sinclair to determine if an offence has been committed.

The Health Region has informed the police that it will continue to cooperate with them, disclosing information - documents and any other materials - as requested in a timely manner. The Region has acknowledged that mistakes were made and that Mr. Sinclair's death was a tragedy that could have been prevented. For that we sincerely apologized to the family.

Two reviews undertaken shortly afterwards concluded that while mistakes were made and opportunities missed, no one person was individually responsible. We believe the police investigation will reach the same conclusion.

As the matter is now the subject of a police investigation as well as before the courts, the WRHA will not be commenting further as it would be inappropriate to do so.

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