Alberta premier's sister denies allegations of hospital queue-jumping

Still photograph of a television screen as Lynn Redford gives testimony at the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry at the Shaw Conference Centre, in Edmonton, AB on Tuesday December 11, 2012.



EDMONTON - The sister of Premier Alison Redford says she never adjusted wait lists or pushed through high-ranking executives who needed care when she was the government relations director for the Calgary Health Region.

Lynn Redford - who now works as an executive of special projects for province's health services - testified at an inquiry that a memo from then-AHS CEO Stephen Duckett saying queue-jumping was "not uncommon" for VIPs did not ring true to her.

"I've not been involved in adjusting wait lists of any sort, nor expediting access for anyone," she said.

Redford also added that she helped "friends who have questions" and other high-up execs to guide them through the health-care system by providing them with information.

"I would answer what I can or tell them to call their patient representative office," she testified. "I certainly don't believe that's preferential access. It's just navigation and providing information about our system."

Former health minister Ron Liepert testified earlier Tuesday to a panel investigating queue-jumping that he had no knowledge of the allegations that VIPs were given preferential service.

And when asked for the former minister was aware of allegations of queue-jumping within the system, Liepert says he was aware of "accusations" that were made, but those accusations were never proven.

Brian Hlus, a former Capital Health government relations director, also testified Tuesday after he was named by Duckett during the inquiry last week as the go-to person for preferential treatment.

Hlus denied that he had any role in adjusting wait time or giving VIPs preferential access.

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