July – December 2015: Brantford, Ontario
In July 2015, just the day before an 80-year-old woman was to return home after treatment for a hip fracture, Brantford General Hospital suddenly refused to discharge her. Instead they banned her family from the hospital and imprisoned Pearl, allowing no contact with her family. Despite repeated letters from the lawyer representing Pearl and her daughter (who is Pearl’s power of attorney for personal care), the hospital could not cite any legislation that allowed them to detain her. This went on for six months!
Just before Christmas, Pearl’s lawyer sent the hospital a form stating that her daughter had instructed that her mother be “Discharged Against Medical Advice” within 24 hours. When that deadline came and passed without response, the daughter filed a complaint against Dr. Catherine L. Hanley, the hospital doctor responsible for Pearl’s care at the hospital. Within two hours, Pearl’s lawyer received a letter from the hospital, saying that the family could take Pearl home in 45 minutes. The family paid over $20,000 in legal fees to free their mother from unlawful confinement. The daughter’s complaint to Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is here: http://bit.ly/1NQvAfN and story here http://bit.ly/1NQvAfN