KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The chief executive officer of the regional health
authority for British Columbia's Interior is quitting at the end of the


The chair of Interior Health's board of directors, Norm Embree,
confirms that longtime CEO Murray Ramsden has handed in his
resignation, effective at the end of 2009.


But Embree insists the Ramsden's decision isn't related to the health authority's recent budget challenges.


Embree says discussions about Ramsden's resignation began almost
a year ago, well before Interior Health was forced to find ways to save
millions of dollars.

Ramsden has sent a memo to staff and physicians, saying it was
a difficult decision, but he says the time has come to move to the next
phase of his life.

Interior Health is trying to find ways to cut more than $20 million in spending to balance its budget.