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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 22 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5572

England’s chief medical officer to retire in May: Professor Sir Liam Donaldson will step down as England’s chief medical officer in May 2010 after 12 years. His work has led to smoke-free public places and work places, the creation of the Health Protection Agency and the National Patient Safety Agency, the introduction of clinical governance in the NHS, and new legislation for research using embryonic cells and …

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