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Manitoba says taxi drivers responsible for hospital patients, after man sent home in a cab dies outside his door

David Silver, 78, died on his own porch after being released from Winnipeg's Grace Hospital at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 31. He was sent home in his pyjamas and slippers and with a cab slip. (Family photo)

David Silver, 78, died on his own porch after being released from Winnipeg's Grace Hospital at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 31. He was sent home in his pyjamas and slippers and with a cab slip. (Family photo)

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At one o'clock on New Year's Eve morning, David Silver died on his front doorstep in Winnipeg.

Mr. Silver had spent the afternoon and evening an emergency room at Winnipeg's Grace hospital. At about 1:30 in the morning, the hospital sent him home in a taxi.
   
Mr. Silver is the second person to die after being released from the Grace Hospital and sent home in a cab.  The province now says taxi drivers are responsible for seeing patients make it safely into their homes.

David Silver's nephew, Miles Pollock, doesn't see it that way. He believes that hospital staff are the ones who are responsible for making sure that the patients they discharge will make it safely home.

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