Family of N.S. woman who died after 7-hour ER wait suing health authority

The family of a Nova Scotia woman who died after waiting seven hours in a Nova Scotia emergency room has filed a civil suit against state health officials.

Alison Holtoff, 37, a mother of three, died on New Year’s Eve in the Cumberland Regional Health Care Center emergency room. Her husband, Günther, told reporters in January that his wife had been waiting in excruciating pain at Amherst Hospital, she said.

“She said, ‘I think I’m dying. Don’t let me die here,'” he said.

Holtov’s cause of death has not been made public, and health officials are conducting a high-quality investigation in the hospital’s emergency department.

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In a release, Valent Legal said it had filed a lawsuit in Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court against the Nova Scotia Health Authority on behalf of Holthoff’s family.

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The lawsuit alleges that the Nova Scotia Department of Health “failed to provide standard of care in operating emergency rooms, monitoring waiting patients, properly triaging patients, and conducting timely and appropriate testing.” are doing.

The lawsuit also names the responsible emergency room doctor as a defendant.

Alison Holtoff’s family is seeking answers after a Nova Scotia woman died after waiting seven hours for treatment at a hospital in Amherst, New South Wales.


In a release, attorney Mike Dall said Holthoff’s loss was “unimaginable and could have been entirely avoided if reasonable attention had been given to the clearly life-threatening situation. .

“I hope this lawsuit will do two things. First, it will force this young family to acknowledge their failure and the resulting harm. Second, Alison’s death will not be in vain.

“We hope that legislative action will draw attention to the seemingly systemic failure and encourage decision makers to take steps to prevent similar tragedies from happening again in our state.”

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Neither claim has been proven in court.

Global News has reached out to health officials for comment.

More coming.

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