Flames doc urged team to lie about H1N1: inquiry
CALGARY - Alberta's health queue-jumping inquiry has heard testimony that Calgary Flames team doctor urged players and their families to lie about how they got fast-tracked H1N1 flu shots in 2009.
Flu clinic manager Debbie Hyman says, she couldn't understand why Dr. Jim Thorne was telling patients to say they got vaccinated at a public clinic when the special clinic for the team had been approved.
She says when she asked Thorne why he was directing the Flames to give false information, he didn't give her an answer.
Hyman told the inquiry that she helped arrange for the players and their families to get their H1N1 shots after Thorne called her clinic seeking help.
At that time, other Calgarians were forced to line up for hours at four public clinics.
The day after the Flames were vaccinated, health officials shut down the clinics due to a vaccine shortage.