Free Press reporter Kevin Rollason has been honoured for his coverage of the Brian Sinclair inquiry.
The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians announced today that Rollason has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 CAEP Award for Medical Journalism.
The Award for Medical Journalism is presented to a journalist who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause of reporting on Emergency Medicine in Canada.
"I am very much humbled by this award," Rollason said.
"This honour is especially special because it is from the national organization which represents emergency physicians. These are the doctors who work every day doing their best to help people in their most critical hours. With this award, they recognize that shining a light on the death of Brian Sinclair in an emergency room will lead to changes that can only help them better treat future patients."
"I also thank my editors and colleagues at the Free Press for realizing how important this inquest is to Manitobans and allowing me to cover the inquest – which has stretched off and on for several months – on a full time basis," said Rollason.
Sinclair, 45, died while spending 34 hours in Health Sciences Centre's emergency waiting room without being triaged.
Sinclair, who was referred there by an outside clinic because of a blocked urinary catheter, died of a bladder infection on Sept. 21, 2008.
The inquest has been told Sinclair may have died up to seven hours before he was discovered by hospital staff.
Rollason will receive the award June 3 in Ottawa.