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APPOINTMENTS: Chief Medical Officer

Chris Whitty has been confirmed as the new Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser.

Professor Whitty is currently Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care.

He has overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and life science strategy.

He is also the Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a practising NHS Consultant Physician in acute medicine and infectious diseases at University College London Hospitals, and Gresham Professor of Physic.

He will replace Professor Dame Sally Davies, the current Chief Medical Officer, when she takes up a new role as master of Trinity College Cambridge in October 2019. Professor Whitty will continue to lead the NIHR for the foreseeable future.

(Published by the Department of Health & Social Care: 14 June 2019)