New Brunswick has changed how it defines “serious” reactions to COVID-19 vaccines and using this new definition, the number has been cut in half. There have been 154 serious adverse events following immunization reported over a 32-month period ending this past summer, according to Department of Health spokesperson Sean Hatchard. That’s one serious incident for every 13,550 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in New Brunswick between Dec. 14, 2020, and Aug. 26, 2023 — a significant improvement over previous reports.
A judge has reserved a decision in an application by the province to have a $2 million payout to the fired head of Horizon Health Network quashed. Lawyers for the province argued Wednesday in the Court of King’s Bench of Saint John that either the labour arbitrator’s decision in the case of Dr. John Dornan should be thrown out or the grievance should be sent to another arbitrator. Dornan served as president and CEO of Horizon for only four months of his five-year contract when Premier Blaine Higgs announced his firing during a news conference on July 15, 2022, in a major shakeup of New Brunswick’s healthcare leadership.
The Fredericton police major crime unit is investigating the death of a patient in the ER waiting room more than a year ago, and a coroner’s inquest into his death remains suspended pending the outcome, CBC News has learned. Darrell Mesheau, 78, died while waiting for care at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital’s emergency department on July 12, 2022. Witness John Staples told CBC News at the time that an elderly man had been waiting alone in a wheelchair, in visible discomfort, for hours when he appeared to fall asleep. It was only during a routine check of people in the waiting room that a hospital employee realized the man had stopped breathing, Staples said.
A coroner’s jury has made 10 recommendations to try to prevent deaths similar to Lexi Daken’s. The 16-year-old Fredericton-area girl died by suicide within days of being turned away from the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in February 2021. Testimony at the inquest into Daken’s death wrapped up Wednesday morning, and the jury of three women and two men began deliberations before noon. By 3 p.m., they returned with their recommendations. They began by endorsing 12 recommendations made by the Horizon Health Network in March 2021 after an internal review of Lexi’s death, then added 10 of their own. Much of the focus is on better public education about mental health resources, including making the information more readily available to the public, and using brochures to help with communication.