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McGuinty Government Thanks Chief Medical Officer of Health for Service to Public Health

The McGuinty government today thanked Dr. Sheela Basrur, Ontario's
Chief Medical Officer of Health for her outstanding service to the
province of Ontario. Dr. Basrur announced earlier today that she will
be stepping down from her role due to personal health concerns.

Dr. George Pasut will be the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health
while a search for a permanent replacement is underway. Dr. Pasut is
currently with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as the
Executive Lead of Public Health System Transformation. He was the
Medical Officer of Health in Simcoe County for nine years, and prior to
that, worked for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for seven
years.

To read the full press release, visit http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2006/06/c4459.html.