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New Brunswick Medical Society seeks independence for medical officers of health

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FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick Medical Society is calling for legislation to allow the province's medical officers of health to speak out without fear of facing political interference.

Society president Dr. Lynn Hansen says while there are no problems concerning the independence of the officers, she would like to see legislation explicitly protecting them when they wish to speak out on issues.

It's the first time the society has raised the issue since passing a motion at its 2012 annual general meeting to seek the legislation.

Dr. Eilish Cleary, the province's chief medical officer of health, says she supports the call for legislation.

Cleary says it is important to have the protection of legislation to allow medical officers of health to do their jobs properly.

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