This week a public inquiry began into 'queue jumping' in Alberta's health care system. Premier Alison Redford ordered the inquiry after concerns were raised about the quality of care in Alberta hospitals. That includes allegations that some Albertans used their political connections to leap frog to the front of the line for medical procedures.
Alberta's health care queue jumping inquiry - CBC ReporterStephen Duckett
, the former head of Alberta Health Services, told the inquiry that a senior official told him well connected Albertans received preferential treatment. He said he wrote a memo against the practice after the official brought it to his attention.
Despite the potential for political scandal there has been little evidence so far that there was any abuse or political meddling in the system.Kim Trynacity
is covering the inquiry. She's the Provincial Affairs reporter for CBC TV in Edmonton.Alberta's health care queue jumping inquiry - DoctorDr. Brian Goldman
is an emergency room physician who knows first hand about queue jumping in Canadian hospitals. And as host of White Coat Black Art on CBC Radio he's covered the issue.
Because of that, he provided information to the inquiry and may be called as an expert witness. Meantime, this morning, he joined me from our Toronto studio. Alberta's health care queue jumping inquiry - Lawyer
Most people have a strong feeling that queue jumping is unfair -- but it's more than that -- it's often illegal. William Lahey
is a professor in the Schulich School of Law and the Dalhousie Health Law Institute. He was the first person to testify at the Alberta Inquiry. We was in our Halifax studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's
Ellen Saenger and CBC Network producer Michael O'Halloran.
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