Sherman says he never helped anyone jump health queue

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says he was the government’s go-to guy to get answers on health problems, but he never helped VIPs jump waiting lists.

EDMONTON — Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says he was the government’s go-to guy to get answers on health problems, but he never helped VIPs jump waiting lists.

Sherman was the associate health minister when Stephen Duckett was head of Alberta Health Services.

But Sherman was later kicked out of the government caucus for openly criticizing health policy.

Duckett told an inquiry into health-care queue-jumping Tuesday that when he became health boss, there were so-called “fix-it” people who helped VIPs get faster health treatment.

Duckett said he ended the practice and Sherman and some other politicians were unhappy about that.

Sherman, who is also an emergency room doctor, says all will become clear when he gets his turn to testify at the inquiry next week.

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