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Frank Atherton: In high places

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2089 (Published 03 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2089


Frank Atherton has been chief medical officer for Wales since last summer, when he succeeded Ruth Hussey. A Lancastrian who trained in Yorkshire, his experience of public health has been unusually varied, with postings in Malawi, the former Yugoslavia, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. His last job before moving to Cardiff was as deputy chief medical officer in Nova Scotia. He believes in the importance of primary care and in focusing on care in the early years to reduce health inequalities. He says that there is more to do but that Wales is moving in the right direction, with improving survival in cancer and cardiovascular disease and declining drinking and smoking rates among teenagers.

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