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Rollason's reporting on Sinclair honoured

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Free Press reporter Kevin Rollason has been honoured for his coverage of the Brian Sinclair inquiry.

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians announced Wednesday Rollason has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 CAEP Award for Medical Journalism.

The award goes 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. He was referred there by an outside clinic because of a blocked urinary catheter, and died of a bladder infection on Sept. 21, 2008.

The inquest heard Sinclair may have died up to seven hours before hospital staff discovered him.

Rollason receives the award June 3 in Ottawa.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 8, 2014 A2

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