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New Brunswick Liberals support call from Medical Society for independence

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FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick Liberals say they support a call to have legislation that explicitly protects the province's medical officers of health from political interference.

Party leader Brian Gallant says he will work with the New Brunswick Medical Society to ensure that medical officers can speak freely when publicly discussing health issues.

Gallant's comments come after the society president Dr. Lynn Hansen said she would like to see such legislation, even though she said there were no problems now concerning the independence of medical officers.

Dr. Eilish Cleary, the province's chief medical officer of health, has thrown her supports behind the call for the legislation.

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