Alberta Health Queue-Jumping Inquiry: Ex-Calgary Health Boss, Jack Davis, Questions Why Staffers Told To Check On VIP Patients

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CALGARY -- The former head of Calgary's health region says he's puzzled why one of his vice-presidents was directing unit supervisors to check on VIP patients.

Jack Davis told Alberta's queue-jumping inquiry that patients were already getting good care and may not have wanted senior bureaucrats to know about their private medical problems.

Davis also suggested it was an inherently unfair process, given there is no set definition on who is a VIP and who isn't.

Davis said he would on occasion call to say ``hi'' if a personal friend was receiving health care.

Davis was the head of Calgary Health for a decade until 2008 when the region was folded into the current Alberta Health Services superboard.

He said he has no knowledge of queue-jumping and no politicians ever called him asking for fast-track care for themselves or their families.

The inquiry also heard from a Calgary nurse who says it was the right call to give the Calgary Flames players and their families private, fast-tracked pandemic flu shots in 2009.

Michelle Bosch told the inquiry that if the popular hockey players had lined up at the four public facilities, it would have created a "sideshow" distraction and slowed down the vaccination process.

Bosch says she pitched the idea of a private vaccination for the Flames players to her bosses after the team's doctor, Jim Thorne, approached her.

She says Thorne only asked her about public access, but instead she asked for a private session at Thorne's office.

Bosch couldn't say how it came to be that while Thorne only asked for the players to be vaccinated, the health region offered up 200 doses of H1N1, thereby allowing Flames family members to get the shot also.

She says the paperwork was completed to make it appear the shots occurred at a public clinic for administrative purposes only.

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