Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

January 26, 2010 14:21 ET

OFL Calls for Coroner's Inquest Into Death of Niagara Region Woman

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2010) - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has joined the many who are calling for a coroner's inquest to determine whether a young woman in the Niagara Region could have survived had the emergency room closest to her not been closed.

Reilly Anzovino, 18, died before reaching the Welland Hospital following a car accident on Boxing Day. The Fort Erie emergency department closed recently due to budget cuts. Converted to an 'urgent care centre', it does not provide care for heart attacks, strokes, or traumas.

This is the second death since the emergency department closures at Fort Erie and Port Colborne hospitals, which raises the question of whether the closures have contributed to avoidable fatalities in this part of Ontario.

Calls for a coroner's inquest have also come from Anzovino's family, Niagara Region residents, and the Ontario Health Coalition.

"It's not enough to wring our hands over this tragedy," says OFL president Sid Ryan. "We have to take concrete action to prevent this kind of thing from happening. A coroner's inquest and recommendations can help."

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Marie Kelly
    Secretary-Treasurer
    647.453.7651 (mobile)
    www.ofl.ca