Former N.B. Top Doc Takes Similar Role On P.E.I.

A former chief medical officer of health for the Government of New Brunswick is now taking on a similar role on Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Eilish Cleary, who led New Brunswick Public Health from 2008 to 2015, is now the island’s acting chief public health officer, filling in for Dr. Heather Morrison while she is on holiday.

“Dr. Heather Morrison has scheduled vacation for July and early August for the first time in almost three years,” said Morgan Martin, spokesperson for the P.E.I. Health Department.

“Dr. Eilish Cleary has joined the CPHO team and will be assisting over the next few weeks.”

After being fired by the Gallant government in 2015 for what the province called a “human resources” issue, Cleary returned to being a practising physician and was hired by the federal government.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleary has said New Brunswick Public Health, stating its COVID protocols were not enough.

She called for mandatory vaccinations for health-care and long-term care workers, teachers and school staff and ramping up testing to limit community spread.