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Monday, February 26, 2024

Quebec’s public health director quits as hospitals devastated by Omicron


Key takeaways: 

  • Horacio Arruda has operated for almost 12 years.
  • Quebec Premier François Legault has got the resignation of Dr Horacio Arruda, right, who has operated as the region’s public health director for almost 12 years. 

Horacio Arruda resigns as the public health director after 12 years: 

Quebec Premier François Legault has received the resignation of the region’s public health director, Dr Horacio Arruda.

Arruda presented his letter of resignation on Monday as the Omicron surge devastates hospitals across the region, causing the healthcare network to delay surgeries and different medical services.

The situation has lured fuss from individuals like Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade, who stated lately “intuition, not science” is conducting Quebec’s pandemic policy. And while some are calling for healthier leadership, hundreds of Quebecers took to Montreal’s roads Saturday to oppose constricting public health efforts. Source –

“Recent comments about the credibility of our thoughts and our scientific rigour are certainly pushing some erosion of public support,” Arruda noted in his resignation letter. Source –

“Given this erosion, I think it right to offer you the option of replacing me before the end of the term of my mandate.” Source –

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Quebec’s Public health director Horacio Arruda resigns from his post after 12 years due to the devastation in hospitals

Arruda has had the position for almost 12 years. He was reappointed for another three years in June 2020.

He stated in the letter that, the premier wish, he would resume helping.

However, the premier has already set Arruda’s successor and will probably reveal a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Radio-Canada has known.

The replacement director will be Dr Luc Boileau, Radio-Canada states.

Boileau is presently president and CEO of the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) — a government healthcare institute that operates to foster clinical distinction and the efficient use of resources in the health and social services sector.

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