Couple die of loneliness, bad health care

VICTORIA – In a tragic story of despair, Al Albo, 96, died yesterday just weeks after his wife died after being forced to move from his hospital bedside.
Al’s wife, Fanny, was on a stretcher and out of the hospital before she even had a chance to kiss her husband of almost 70 years goodbye. Days later, she was dead.
The Albo family repeatedly asked health authorities to let the couple spend their final days together, but the requests fell on deaf ears.
The Albo family and the NDP are blaming British Columbia’s overcrowded health system for tragically separating the pair. A government report that found Fanny Albo received inadequate care and recommended more palliative care beds in the community.
The government has apologized for the treatment of Fanny Albo and has extended their sympathies to the grieving family.

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