Nunavut still lacks CT scanner
Nunavut still does not have a CT scanner more than two years after an inquest into a woman's death recommended the territory get one.
In August 2009, 52-year-old Elisapee Michael fell down the front steps of the Nova Inn in Iqaluit. A head injury went unnoticed by hospital staff.
Doctors sent her to RCMP cells because she was disruptive and uncooperative after a night of drinking. Michael spent 14 hours in police custody and later died from her injuries.
An inquest into her death led to the Nunavut coroner recommending a CT scanner for Qikiqtani General Hospital. The Nunavut government first promised there would be one up and running by March 2012.
But a year and a half later, there's still no machine. That prompted MLA Ron Elliot to ask about it in question period Wednesday at Nunavut's Legislative Assembly.
Health Minister Keith Peterson could not really give a reason for the delay. "The technology to operate the CT scanner is available now. Our officials are working with the people to get the CT scanner in position here at the hospital," Peterson said.
He wouldn't commit to a date of when the scanner might be in place, but he says officials will visit the hospital this month to look at a possible location for the device.