FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued by Health Minister Ted Flemming:

Tragically, we have learned there has been an unexpected death of a patient at the Restigouche Hospital Centre. On behalf of the provincial government, I offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the patient.

Our thoughts are also with the hospital staff and patients impacted by this unfortunate situation.

The Vitalité Health Network has taken the required steps to ensure standard protocols and procedures are being followed. The health authority will also provide the necessary support to hospital staff and patients during this difficult time.

Investigations by the RCMP and the coroner are also underway.

We share public concern and acknowledge that there is increased focus on the hospital given the systemic issues found by the ombud.

The Department of Health will continue to closely monitor this matter.

Once again, our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragic situation.