Wildrose leader Danielle Smith takes part in the media scrum after the Leader's Debate at Global Studios in Edmonton on Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Credits: CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY
Smith pledged she would expand the judge-led health inquiry to explore the widespread accusations of strong-arm tactics against physicians, which critics say the government has flip-flopped on since first promising one.
"Instead of a comprehensive judicial inquiry to get to the bottom of these very concerning allegations the Redford PCs unveiled, as one columnist aptly put it, a 'Seinfeldian health inquiry about nothing at all.' This is completely unacceptable," Smith said.
"It's a failure of leadership, it's an insult to health professionals and it's a betrayal of Albertans."
Premier Redford ordered a judicial inquiry into alleged queue-jumping and political interference in February following the release of a detailed report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta ordered by the Ed Stelmach government in 2011.
The report concluded that the creation of Alberta Health Services had created instances of physician intimidation and muzzling.
Smith claimed Redford has backed down from an earlier promise to conduct a full public inquiry.
She said the health inquiry is part of the backbone of the Wildrose health-care platform, including a patient wait-time guarantee that would ensure 10 health procedures fall within standardized benchmarks set by the Canadian Wait Time Alliance of medical professionals.
That plan has been criticized by opponents who say the Wildrose are promising to fund private procedures with public funds.