AHS queue jumping inquiry results released
Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:52AM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 21, 2013 5:56PM MDT
Results from Alberta’s inquiry into allegations of queue jumping in the health care system were released Wednesday morning with the presiding Justice recommending protection for future whistle blowers.
Justice John Vertes presided over the inquiry that heard from 68 witnesses over a period of 23 days.
Witnesses regaled the panel with examples of preferential treatment including:
- VIP access for patients of the Helios colonoscopy clinic
- H1N1 immunizations provided to members of the Calgary Flames, and their families, at a private clinic in 2009.
The inquiry was launched after the former CEO of Alberta Health Services brought forward allegations of preferential treatment reported in the system in 2011.
“We appreciate the recommendations brought forward on how to further strengthen Albertans’ confidence in our health care system," says Health Minister Fred Horne. "We will now engage in meaningful discussions with Alberta Health Services and the appropriate colleges on how we will implement these enhancements."
Vertes presented his findings to the Speaker of the Legislature. According to the Justice, it should be mandatory for health care workers to report cases of preferential health care treatment and steps should me made to protect those who speak out against violations.
Wednesday afternoon, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club issued the following statement.
“Not withstanding what we said then and we say now, we followed Alberta Health Services direction. We agree with the recommendation that policy should be clearly defined and in the spirit and culture of our organization, we will always comply.”