Ontario government begins process of replacing chief medical officer of health

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WATCH ABOVE: Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams announced on Monday that upon his impending retirement on June 25, his successor will be Dr. Kieran Moore, who is currently the medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health – May 31, 2021

TORONTO — Ontario’s government has tabled a motion that would replace the province’s top public health doctor.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Monday the province is moving to replace Dr. David Williams with Dr. Kieran Moore.

Moore currently serves as the top doctor at the Kingston-area public health unit, and is expected to take over as Ontario’s chief medical officer of health on June 26.

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Williams had been slated to retire in September, but his last day has been pushed up by several months. Elliott said Moore will start working with Williams on June 7 to ensure a smooth transition.

Elliott said Moore was a “logical choice” out of the province’s 34 local medical officers of health due to his success managing the pandemic and relevant experience in his medical career.

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Opposition politicians said they were supportive of the change but had questions about what they called a lack of transparency around the process.

“We usually have a committee that sits and discusses the chief medical officer replacements. That didn’t happen and we think that we need to be engaged,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.

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