Perth MOH had author­ity

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - NEWS -

The board chair of the Grey Bruce Health Unit has clar­i­fied ear­lier com­ments that the newly ap­pointed act­ing med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health was per­form­ing med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health du­ties prior to his Sept. 12 ap­point­ment.

David Inglis said Fri­day that Dr. Ian Arra was “just act­ing as a con­sul­tant do­ing what­ever work was nec­es­sary,” but he had no su­per­vi­sory author­ity.

Af­ter Inglis’s com­ments on Arra’s ap­point­ment were re­ported, health unit com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor Drew Fer­gu­son re­sponded in an e-mail with a clar­i­fi­ca­tion and more in­for­ma­tion about the per­for­mance of med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health du­ties than were re­leased in a state­ment Sept. 13.

Fer­gu­son wrote that while Dr. Arra has been with the health unit since June, he’s been act­ing as a con­sul­tant. Un­til his ap­point­ment as act­ing MOH Sept. 12, Arra has “never taken on the du­ties of the med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health, act­ing or other­wise.

“In Dr. (Chris­tine) Kennedy’s ab­sence, and prior to Dr. Arra’s ap­point­ment, the du­ties of med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health for Grey-Bruce had been taken on, in an in­terim ba­sis, by Dr. Miriam Klassen, med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health for Perth County.”

Fer­gu­son said Klassen was per­form­ing those du­ties since mid-Au­gust, when Kennedy went on leave. Arra’s ap­point­ment as act­ing MOH is for less than six months, in keep­ing with leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments for tem­po­rary ap­point­ments.

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