DHSC has announced that Chris Whitty will become the new Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK Government’s Chief Medical Adviser.
Professor Whitty is currently the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with overall responsibility for research and development.
“It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity as Chief Medical Officer for England to be able to support colleagues in public health, the NHS and social care around the country to improve the health of the nation.
“I look forward to working within DHSC and across Whitehall to support the government in leading the nation’s health and care.” – Professor Chris Whitty
Professor Whitty will replace Dame Sally Davies who has spent nine years in the role.
In response to the announcement, Secretary of State Matt Hancock said:
“Professor Chris Whitty will make an excellent Chief Medical Officer, bringing his extensive clinical experience and a passion for keeping the nation healthy.
“I can think of no better person to lead the fight against infectious diseases, public health threats, and lead the medical profession to continue keeping us as healthy as possible.”
DHSC has also announced that Dr Jenny Harries OBE has been appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.
Dr Harries currently leads Public Health England (PHE) support to the specialised commissioning agenda.
Professor Whitty will take up the role in October 2019 and Dr Harries on 15th July 2019.
See the Government’s announcement here.