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New CMO in Wales

23rd April 2006

01052006_welshflag1.jpgThe new chief medical officer for Wales, Tony Jewell, who took up his Assembly post last week, wants to tackle ill health from every angle. He will help shape economic and environmental policy as well as health, because of the influence they have on people's well being.

Dr Jewell was formerly clinical director and director of public health in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority, and was a GP in inner London for 10 years before training in public health.

Dr Jewell wants to build a stronger academic and research sector by encouraging new developments in public health, biomedicine and telehealth. He said that Wales has a justifiable reputation in the UK and internationally for the emphasis it places on taking a public health partnership approach, and that these need to be translated into measurably improved services.

He added that "We seek to influence all the factors that affect health - environmental, social and economic - because only in this way can we help to bring about lasting improvements to people's health and well-being."

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