National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda submitted his resignation on Monday evening.
Dr Arruda explained in a letter to the Prime Minister that he would like to resign as his controversial views on pandemic management began to undermine the credibility of the government.
“Recent comments on the credibility of our views and our scientific validity have undoubtedly led to a definite erosion of popular support. In that case, I think it would be appropriate to offer you the opportunity to replace me, at least as a DNSP, by the end of my mandate,” he wrote.
“Do not see my part in this gesture of abandonment, but to give you the opportunity to re-evaluate the situation after many waves and in a context that is constantly evolving,” continued the man who heads the Quebec Public Health. 12 years.
Dr. Arruda will be replaced by the President and CEO of the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services, while Dr. Luke Boyle, who serves as Head of Public Health, was able to confirm TVA Nowells.
The Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Dr. Arruda. However, announcing the introduction of the curfew at his press conference on December 30, Franకోois Legalt strongly defended his director of public health.
When asked during a press briefing whether he would like to replace Dr. Arruda, the Prime Minister, in his opinion, firmly replied “no” without hesitation, before making sure that he was still in the best position to lead the health masses in Quebec.
The announcement comes in the midst of the Omicron variant wave crisis, which Quebec on Monday overcame the blockade of 2,500 hospitals connected to COVID-19.
The pandemic management was increasingly criticized by Dr. Arruda, a symbolic figure in the pandemic management that aroused enthusiasm in Quebecars during the first months of the 2020 crisis, and calls for his replacement were even greater. , Especially due to its multiple faces.
In fact, the government and its national director of public health have had to back down on several occasions over wearing a mask that was presented as useless at the outset of the epidemic. Recently, the news of the return of infected but asymptomatic health care workers came as a surprise to everyone.
“It is important to consider each of these recommendations in the context of knowledge of the moment and time,” Dr. Arruda assured in his letter that “we have done the best.” [recommandations] Possible ”with the knowledge he has.
Victim in the eyes of the opposition
Several politicians responded to the statement, not only to salute the work of the National Director of Public Health, but also to remind them that Prime Minister Franకోois Legalt is a decision-maker.
“Dr. Arruda’s departure will not solve anything. The prime minister makes decisions and must rely on science and not on polls and his intuition, “said Dominique Angled, the opposition’s official.
“Dr. Arruda has served the Quebecars for a long time. The last two years of the epidemic have been crucial. They forced him to lay down his life and his family for all of us and we thank him for that, ”the Liberal leader added.
Paul Saint-Pierre Plamandon, the leader of the party Quebecois, ruled in his favor that the resignation of Dr. Arruda would not change much.
“Dr. Arruda sacrificed himself for the government’s bad decisions, but the structural problem remains: 15 political experts in the crisis department and f. There is only one scientist for camels in Legalt’s political decision-making service, ”he quickly commented on Twitter. .
The Quebec Solidarity parliamentary leader also expressed a similar view. “Thanks to Dr. Horacio Arruda for his many years of dedication to our public health system, which has long been neglected and under-funded. Throughout this epidemic, he has served Quebec in good faith. The CAQ government has made decisions,” Gabriel Nadue-Dubois argued.
Yves-Franకోois Blanchett, leader of the Black Cubacois, for his part believed that Dr. Arruda’s departure was “a matter of greater concern than faith.”
“Unprecedented drama, unprecedented challenge, exemplary courage, extraordinary interlocutor … who dares to say we can do more or better?” He wrote on Twitter.