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Former Alberta CMOH appointed to public health leadership role in B.C.

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Alberta’s former Chief Medical Officer (CMOH) will assume a new role as BC’s Deputy Provincial Health Officer.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has a six-month contract, according to a statement. Dr. Bonnie Henry on Wednesday.

“In her new role, Dr. Hinshaw will support the work of the PHO office,” Henry said.

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Hinshaw held the position of CMOH from January 2019 to November 2022 and was removed by Alberta Premier Danielle Smith.

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Hinshaw was Alberta’s CMOH for the entire duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership has often come under attack, especially when in the summer of 2021 she advocated lifting nearly all public health restrictions related to COVID-19.

Hinshaw argued that the decision to lift nearly all restrictions was based on the fact that the state’s decision to later backtrack and eventually lift restrictions again would not eradicate COVID-19. The time has come for Albertans to learn to live with this disease.

At the time, she said removing isolation requirements, asymptomatic testing and contact tracing would allow the state to focus on other health threats, such as opioid deaths and syphilis.

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Some Albertans criticized Hinshaw when she supported the lifting of public health measures, while others opposed when she introduced restrictions related to COVID-19 or voiced support. expressed.

Dr. Andrew Larder, a former medical health officer at both Fraser and Interior Health, will also join the state’s health leadership team “over the next few months.”

“The ongoing response to the toxic drug crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, the heat, the wildfires and the outbreak will continue to support and protect our people and communities across BC. It shows how important the effort is,” said Henry.

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“I am very fortunate to be able to work with such talented and dedicated public health professionals. I know their expertise will be of great help to keep us on track.”

– Using files from Phil Heidenreich, Global News

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