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Statement on the termination of the former Chief Medical Officer of Health

Today, we find ourselves without a Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick. I have written an open letter to the Minister of Health to express New Brunswick’s doctors’ serious concern with the termination of the former Chief. We find this is a poor ending to the former Chief’s work, which was award-winning.

We will connect with the former Chief imminently, as we have over the last several weeks.

New Brunswick’s doctors stand behind any of our colleagues who raise an issue in the interest of patient safety or health promotion. If any part of our own work suggests that our former Chief Medical Officer of Health was terminated because of a scientific or medical opinion, we will protest such a decision in the strongest possible terms.

John Whelan, MD FRCPC
President, New Brunswick Medical Society