Jewish General Hospital denies preferential treatment
While thousands of anxious Quebecers are still waiting to get their H1N1 flu shot, the top 200 donors at the Jewish General Hospital have already been vaccinated.
In Montreal, a spokeswoman for Jewish General Hospital said all 200 donors who received H1N1 shots serve as volunteers. "It has nothing to do with the fact that they gave money," said Karen Ohayon. "There's absolutely no link."
However, Marie-Eve Bedard, press attache to Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc, said hospital board members and donors are not entitled to vaccines ahead of the rest of the population.
"The message this is sending is that the wealthy and influential should be treated first," said Pat Chastang of the Service Employees International Union, "even if it means pregnant women and children must ... wait." link
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