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Friday, December 10, 2010

Hyde report will inform N.S. mental health strategy

December 10, 2010
The Canadian Press/CTV

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's health minister says she will direct her department's mental health policy working group to look at recommendations from a fatality inquiry into the jail cell death of Howard Hyde.

Maureen MacDonald says provincial court Judge Anne Derrick used some very specific language regarding mental health issues in her report on Howard Hyde's death.

Hyde, a 45-year-old musician diagnosed with schizophrenia, died while in custody in a Halifax jail in November 2007 after he was restrained by guards.

MacDonald says she will review the directions she has already given department officials to make sure the parameters outlined by Derrick are covered.

She says a direct response to the concerns raised by Hyde's death will follow shortly.

MacDonald expects to deliver government's new mental health strategy next year.

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