Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry Announces Public Hearings

CALGARY, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Lieutenant Governor in Council has ordered a Public Inquiry to be held pursuant to Section 17 of the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act concerning the possibility of improper preferential access being given to publicly funded health services in Alberta.

The Honourable John Z. Vertes, Commissioner of the Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry, will hold Public Hearings in Calgary in February, 2013 on the dates and at the locations listed below.  The purpose of these hearings is to receive evidence pertinent to the Order in Council's Terms of Reference.

Attached is the tentative schedule of witness appearances.


February 25, 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Room #105/106
Telus Rooms (Main Level)
The Telus Convention Centre - North Building
120 - 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB  T2G 0P3

Additional information regarding the public hearings is available on the Commission's website:

Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry
Witness Schedule
February 25 to March 1, 2013
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
25 26 27 28 1
Olga Koch Expert Panel Presentation of the
Rimbey Report (John
To Be
To Be
Dr. Mark Swain,
Division Head of
Dr. Brian Goldman
Physician, Mount
Sinai Hospital,
Toronto; Host of
CBC's "White Coat;
Black Art")
Expert Panel    
Dr. Ron Bridges,
CCSC Founder*
  Dr. David Alter
(Associate Professor,
Dept of Medicine,
University of
Entry of Statements        
Heather Stubley,
CCSC Nurse*
Dr. Owen Heisler
(Assistant Clinical
Professor, University
of Alberta)
Statement of Dr.
Terry D. Sosnowski
Ms. Pam Whitnack
(President, Whitnack
& Associates; former
Exec VP, AHS and
former CEO of
Chinook Health
Dr. John Church
(Associate Professor,
Dept of Political
Science, U of A and
former Associate
Professor for Centre
for Health
Promotion, U of A)
Monica Ulmer,
Alberta Health
    Dr. Lynette Reid
Professork, Dept of
Bioethics, Dalhousie

*CCSC- Colon Cancer Screening Centre

SOURCE: Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry

For further information:

Samantha Beckett
Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry
Phone:  (403) 270-2059

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