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B.C. law means hospitals don't pay for fatal mistakes

Advocates of patients who died needlessly call for overhaul

A B.C. woman whose husband died in hospital after errors were made wants the Campbell government to change the law to make the medical system pay for its mistakes.

"They should pay somehow," Bonnie Ryde said. "Why shouldn't they be responsible for what they've put us through?"

The B.C. law dealing with wrongful death, which hasn't been amended since 1846, only allows compensation for lost income. While the provincial government has said it is working on changing the law, critics say they fear new legislation won't go far enough to allow proper redress for serious medical mistakes.

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