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Minister promises to review Alberta health boss expenses

Minister promises to review Alberta health boss expenses
August 02, 2012 - 1:47 PM

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne is promising to get to the bottom of how a senior official was allowed to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for everything from fancy meals to car repairs.

Horne admits he didn't know about Allaudin Merali's previous troubles in Ontario's health-care system.

Nor does he know if the board who hired him as chief financial officer of Alberta Health Services knew anything either.

Merali claimed thousands of dollars in similar expenses when he was a health consultant in Ontario.

Horne says the revelations are likely to shake the confidence Albertans have in the management of health care in the province.

Sheila Weatherill, who ran the health authority that approved Merali's claims, has resigned from the board that now runs Alberta Health Services.

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