First woman appointed as Chief Medical Officer
News release from NETSCC, Public Health Research
04 March 2011
The government announced yesterday that Professor Dame Sally Davies has been named as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the first woman to hold the post.
For further information please visit the Department of Health press release.
The CMO is the government’s most senior medical advisor, responsible for providing expert advice on a wide range of issues relating to the health of the nation, including the handling of health related emergencies.
Dame Sally, who has been interim CMO since May, will take up the post with immediate effect. She currently holds the post of Director-General for Research and Development and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health.
The CMO role carries the rank of Permanent Secretary and is responsible to the Secretary of State for Health for all of the Department’s medical matters. The CMO is also the professional head of the Department’s medical staff and head of the Medical Civil Service.