Province to investigate death of Jack Webb

Nova Scotia's health minister says he will ask hospital officials and his department to look into the death of a man who languished in a crowded emergency room for days in Halifax's largest hospital.

Leo Glavine says he is making the commitment to the family, but he isn't committing to releasing any findings.

Glavine says he needs more information.

Sixty-eight-year-old Jack Webb, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, died February 1st after five days of struggling in the ER at the Halifax Infirmary.

His case was brought to the floor of the legislature Tuesday by the New Democrats after his family spoke out in a Canadian Press story.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill says Webb's case highlights the need for a broader investigation of overcrowding in Halifax-area hospitals.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the case suggests the provincial health authority is not focused on the front-line care of patients.