FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is implementing organizational changes to the structure of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“Your government understands what matters most to New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “We know residents of our province want their government to find efficiencies and streamline operations where possible within the public service.”

The existing mandate and legislative responsibilities of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health will remain the same. Some of the daily operations of the office will change and fall under the purview of other provincial departments.

The intent of the restructuring is to pool together similar professional sets of expertise within government to enhance collaboration.

There will not be any lay-offs occurring as a result of the reorganization.

The following changes will occur:

  • Public Health Inspectors and Agri-Food Inspectors will be transferred to the Department of Justice and Public Safety;
  • The Public Health Practice and Population Health Branch will become part of the Department of Social Development; and;
  • The Healthy Environments Branch will become part of the Department of Environment and Local Government.

This new structure for the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health will be similar to the structures currently in place in other Atlantic provinces, notably Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. This will allow for greater collaboration among Atlantic partners.