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Alberta NDP calls for RCMP to investigate healthcare queue jumping

Seven complaints made to queue-jumping hotline in first week.

MacDonald: AB violating the equal access mandate of the Canada Health Act, jeopardizing funding.Edmonton, AB, June 8, 2011: Keith Gerein reports in the Edmonton Journal that provincial NDP Leader Brian Mason has been pushing the RCMP to look into the issue of queue-jumping in Alberta. Gerein focuses on the unlikelihood that the RCMP will discover anything due to lack of incentive for whistleblowers fearing government intimidation and lack of awareness of wrongdoing by victims of queue jumping. Despite that, an NDP hotline received seven calls, two of significant import, in its first week.

"A high level of frustration and a low probability of success are the likely results of any criminal investigation into alleged queue-jumping in the health system, a legal expert said Wednesday as NDP Leader Brian Mason pushed RCMP to look into the issue.

University of Alberta law professor Sanjeev Anand said any politician who helped friends or clients skirt a waiting list could be guilty of breach of trust, but noted Mounties would be faced with a hefty price tag and considerable difficulties in getting witnesses to admit to such activity..."

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Posted: July 06, 2011

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