AHS board president and former Capital Health CEO Sheila Weatherill has offered her resignation.
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EDMONTON - Dominos continue to fall at at Alberta Health Services.
Health Minister Fred Horne announced AHS board president and former Capital Health CEO Sheila Weatherill offered her resignation and he accepted.
That's in the wake of the firing of AHS chief financial officer and executive vice-president Allaudin Merali after his lavish expense accounts of almost $350,000 of extravagant outings and questionable expenditures came to light.
Weatherill signed off on Merali's expense submissions.
As layers peel away, the plot thickens -- Merali, whose salary reportedly exceeded $400,000, was appointed Alberta's comptroller general in March.
Under Merali's leadership as CFO, Capital Health came under fire as far back as 2007 for "hide-and-seek" auditing practices.
Opposition critics are citing a Progressive Conservative culture of corruption.
Liberal Leader Raj Sherman is calling for a forensic audit by the auditor general's office.
Wildrose critic Shayne Saskiw is calling for the dismantling of the health superboard.
Horne's own name is reported in Merali's tab for a $220 dinner at Jack's Grill in March 2005, when Horne was a health consultant for the province. He said he didn't recall Merali's specific involvement with Ontario's eHealth expenses scandal prior to Merali's return to Alberta three months ago.
Horne said he will get to the bottom of the current scandal, and that expense accounting will become more transparent, with numbers posted online quarterly.
There has been no word from Premier Alison Redford, who is in London, championing Alberta causes at the Olympics.