Furore over Punjabi's Death in Canada

November 26, 2007

Author: Gur Kirpal Singh Ashk

Source: The Times of India


The death of Harnek Singh Sidhu (52) last Monday at the Brampton Civic Hospital (BCH) in Brampton (Canada) due to the alleged negligence on part of the hospital staff has got the south Asian community, especially the Punjabis, agitated.

His son Mandeep Singh Sidhu alleged, “We felt like being treated as second-class citizens.”

Notably 40 per cent of Peel Region residents are south Asian, including 50,000 Sikhs who live near the hospital. The Sikh community had raised nearly $4 million toward its $10 million goal of donations for this hospital following which the emergency department at the newly-opened BCH had been named after Guru Nanak Dev last July. It is also worth mentioning here that Sidhu's family had donated a sum of $25,000 to this hospital.