Inquiry finds queue-jumping occurred in Alberta
EDMONTON - An inquiry has found that queue-jumping has occurred in Alberta's health-care system and an environment exists in which it could happen again.
Justice John Vertes makes seven recommendations to help prevent reoccurences.
His report says the definition of queue-jumping and prohibitions against it need to be strengthened.
He also says it should be mandatory to report cases of patients being pushed to the front of the line and whistleblowers should be protected.
Vertes suggests doctors should never give priority to other medical professionals unless there is an emergency or compelling reason.
The inquiry was called by Premier Alison Redford to respond to suggestions of preferential treatment in Alberta's $16-billion health-care system.