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New National Clinical Director for liver disease appointed

15th January 2010

The Department of Health has announced that Dr Martin Lombard has been appointed the first National Clinical Director for liver disease.

The Consultant Hepatologist at Royal Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust will take up the role to lead the development of a National Liver Strategy for England.

Liver disease is now one of the most common causes of death in England and is affecting more people every year at an increasingly young age.

The National Liver Strategy is designed to bring together NHS services and builds on the DH’s commitment to tackle the growing levels of liver disease.

There are concerns liver disease could overtake stroke and coronary heart disease as a cause of death within the next 10-20 years.

Dr Lombard, who will remain active in clinical medicine and will continue to work part-time at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Liver disease is a growing problem for society and for the NHS, with viral hepatitis and obesity starting to catch up with alcohol as root causes of the disease.

“I’m looking forward to leading the Department of Health’s work with staff across the NHS, patients and patient groups to develop a National Liver Strategy and provide real advances in the quality of care across this important area of medicine.”

Health Minister Ann Keen said: “Dr Lombard is a highly-respected clinical expert in this field and I am pleased to welcome him to the Department to lead our National Liver Strategy.”


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Article Information

Title: New National Clinical Director for liver disease appointed
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13783
Date Added: 15th Jan 2010


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