04/13/2012 02:38 EDT | Updated 06/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta Tories allege plan to funnel patients to private clinic in B.C.

EDMONTON - Alberta's Progressive Conservatives say a private clinic planned for B.C. has ties to the Wildrose Party.

Premier Alison Redford says Lyle Oberg, a medical doctor and former Tory who now supports the Wildrose, is a partner in the proposed venture.

She says voters should be worried that the Wildrose government, if it wins the April 23 election, will begin funnelling patients to that clinic on the taxpayers' dime.

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith has said if Albertans can't get care in a timely manner, her government would pay to have the treatment done at private clinics inside or outside the province.

Redford says her party will not do that, but will instead work to have the care completed in Alberta's public system.

Health care has emerged as one of the key wedge issues between the two front-running parties.

The Wildrose did not immediately respond to request for comment.