A Nova Scotia doctor is denying allegations of negligence in the case of a woman who died after waiting for hours in a hospital emergency room.
Dr. David Fraser, a family physician with the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, is being sued by the family of the late Suzanne MacNeil, who died in 2015 after waiting 11 hours for treatment in the ER.
The suit alleges that Fraser was negligent in his treatment of MacNeil, and that his negligence was a substantial factor in her death. Fraser is denying all of the allegations.
The lawsuit, filed by MacNeil’s family, claims that Fraser failed to properly assess and diagnose MacNeil’s condition, failed to order appropriate tests, and failed to refer her to a specialist or other medical professional for follow-up care.
According to the suit, Fraser told MacNeil to take pain medication and go home, and failed to take any further action to determine the cause of her pain and discomfort.
The lawsuit alleges that Fraser’s negligence was a substantial factor in MacNeil’s death, and that his failure to properly assess and diagnose her condition led to her death.
The family is seeking damages for pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses, and other damages.
The family’s lawyer, James MacNeil, said in a statement that the lawsuit is about holding Fraser and other medical professionals accountable for their actions.
“It is our hope that this lawsuit will help bring attention to the issue of medical negligence in this province,” he said.
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of cases involving allegations of medical negligence in Nova Scotia.
In December 2016, a Halifax doctor was found liable for medical negligence in the case of a woman who died after waiting for hours in the ER.
In February 2017, a court ruled that a doctor was negligent in the case of a woman who died after waiting for hours in the ER.
It is unclear how the lawsuit against Fraser will proceed, but the family is hoping that it will bring attention to the issue of medical negligence in Nova Scotia.
“We hope that this lawsuit will be a wake-up call to the medical profession in Nova Scotia,” said MacNeil. “Patients should be able to expect better care when they go to the hospital.”