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Health inquiry hears from clinic founder
Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry
Published Monday, February 25, 2013 6:01PM MST
Last Updated Monday, February 25, 2013 6:03PM MST
The physician accused of fast-tracking his patients for colonoscopies defended himself at the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry on Monday.
Colon Cancer Screening Clinic founder, Dr. Ron Bridges, took the stand at the health care queue jumping inquiry for the second day.
Bridges says he's not familiar with the clinic's triage system, which is supposed to prioritize patients based on urgency.
He also said he filled screening slots with his own patients because there was a danger the slots wouldn't get filled otherwise.
Another physician testified that he reviewed Bridges' clinic files and found the doctor regularly ignored protocols when performing or requesting tests for his patients or those from two private clinics.
The inquiry resumes on Tuesday with a panel which will discuss the dangers of queue jumping.
“It is really to broaden the discussion to a more policy based approach so we can talk about, aside from the specific fact evidence that we have, but we can talk about what are the potential harms of preferential access, what are the kinds of things that may cross the line into preferential access and what does not? And their opinions are quite varied so I think we'll have a good discussion,” said Michele Hollins, inquiry counsel.
The inquiry will continue through the rest of the week.