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Updated: 6th January 2019 07:56

Doctors shouldn't get personal: former AHS head

The former head of Alberta Health Services says doctors who want to voice their concerns must do so in a professional manner.

The former head of Alberta Health Services says doctors who want to voice their concerns must do so in a professional manner.

Stephen Duckett made his remarks at a University of Calgary health forum five months after he left his job as the province's top health bureaucrat.

He declined to comment on allegations that have been flying in the legislature that health-care workers are being bullied into keeping silent.

But he did say doctors, nurses and other professionals must set aside their personal interests when speaking publicly about patient care or other health issues.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has said scores of health-care workers are coming forward with complaints of intimidation and he's urging a public inquiry.

Duckett's exit from Alberta's health-care scene followed an exchange with reporters in Edmonton last fall in which he declined to answer questions because he was eating a cookie.

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