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Alberta Health Queue-Jumping Inquiry: Dr. Ron Bridges' Lawyer Cries Foul

04/04/2013 01:49 EDT | Updated 06/04/2013 05:12 EDT
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EDMONTON - The lawyer for a Calgary doctor at the centre of queue-jumping allegations is crying foul over the treatment of his client at Alberta's health inquiry.

David Steele says commission lawyers went outside their mandate by drawing what he calls unsubstantiated and damning conclusions on the conduct of Dr. Ron Bridges.

Bridges is a gastroenterologist and an associate dean of medicine at the University of Calgary.

The inquiry has heard testimony that the doctor's patients were seen and treated within months while everyone else waited years at Calgary's Colon Cancer Screening Centre.

Inquiry lawyer Michele Hollins, in her final submission to the inquiry, said it was clear that Bridges used public resources to assist a few favoured patients.

Steele says Bridges didn't knowingly favour any patients and it's up to commission head John Vertes — not Hollins — to draw conclusions from the evidence.

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