Green Party leader commits to restoring funding, independence to Chief Medical Officer of Health

This morning Green Party leader David Coon announced that a Green government would  immediately increase the funding to the Chief Medical Officer’s office, as well as the regional offices around the province.

“The budget of the public health department has been hacked away at for years," said Coon. “I would provide the Chief Medical Officer with the  resources necessary to help  guide New Brunswickers through the COVID-19 pandemic, without sacrificing other pressing  public health initiatives .”

Coon also announced that a Green government would ensure that the Chief Medical Officer is truly independent and able to make reports and recommendations on issues that affect the health of New Brunswickers.

"The Chief Medical Officer needs to be able to make reports and recommendations on issues that affect the health of New Brunswickers without repercussions, no matter how inconvenient it may be for the government,” said Coon.

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