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Alberta Tories say queue-jumping not an issue, contradict evidence

Report appeared to suggest plans to privatize health after the next provincial election.

AB NDP Leader Brian Mason: The bottom line - they knew it was happening and now they are denying it.June 9, 2011: Matt McLure writes in the Calgary Herald that despite leaked evidence, Tories are insisting that no queue-jumping is taking place within Alberta hospitals. Moreover, the same evidence suggests that no one would be reprimanded if anyone was to find out, which constitutes a brazen Conservative disregard for medical patients and all Albertans.

"While a leaked government government document states gaps in legislation are allowing well-connected Albertans to get preferred medical treatment, Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky insisted Thursday there's still no evidence of queue-jumping in the province. Prepared by Zwozdesky's department and presented to the Tory caucus last July, the document says Alberta law only outlaws the practice at surgical facilities outside hospitals.

'Despite this prohibition, queue-jumping occurs in many ways', the document says.

'There are gaps in the legislation that allow work-arounds.'

First leaked by opposition parties last fall, the document made headlines then because it appeared to suggest the Tories had plans to privatize health after the next provincial election..."

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Posted: June 16, 2011

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