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Chief medical officer post goes to woman for first time

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1469 (Published 04 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1469
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The post of chief medical officer for England has been given to Sally Davies, the first time a woman has held the post.

Professor Davies, who has been interim chief medical officer since May last year after Liam Donaldson stepped down, is the 16th person to hold the post since it was created in 1855.

The role, which has a salary of between £205 000 (€240 000; $335 000) and £209 000 a year, is to serve as the government’s most senior medical adviser and to be responsible for providing expert advice on a wide range of issues …

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