The lack of health care for women in Nova Scotia prisons

“At The Nook on Gottingen Street, Martha Paynter begins her talk on the right to healthcare for female prisoners by mentioning two women who died while in Truro’s Nova Institution for Women in 2015: Veronica Park and Camille Strickland-Murphy.

“I’d like to honour these women and their lives and their deaths with this talk,” says Paynter, who is a Registered Nurse practitioner and a Doctoral Candidate at Dalhousie School of Nursing.

The families of the two women filed wrongful death lawsuits against the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), alleging that the CSC did not administer proper health care treatment to either, and that prison staff failed to recognize and treat both of their mental illnesses.”

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Grace Szucs