The hope of the province recouping improper expense claims made by former health executives has been condemned by a government-commissioned legal opinion.
It was in April, as per the findings, when Health Minister Fred Horne ordered the report. A former health boss's bill of $7,000 for the Mayo Clinic trip had ignited outrage seen at the time.
It has been concluded by the review that the more than two-year-old claims could not be recovered by Alberta Health Services.
Duncan Craig LLP expressed his opinion that the odds of a successful lawsuit were also likely to remain slim. According to him, an absent proof of willful misrepresentation on an employee's part would probably not allow the court to favourably look upon AHS trying to recuperate funds that were AHS-authorized.
A spokesman for AHS said that the questions over the legal opinion were referred to Horne.
Horne avowed that the legal option had made it clear that the Limitations Act was not permitting AHS to recover claims.
"I am disappointed that any improper claims likely made by previous health-care administrators cannot be recovered, but the changes our government made to the expense policy will prevent anything similar", in the words of Horne.
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