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Ruth Hussey: Fire in her belly

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6396


Ruth Hussey, chief medical officer for Wales since 2012, was born in north Wales and tweets regularly in English and Welsh. She previously worked in England, though not far over the border, in Merseyside and northwest England. As chief medical officer she has dealt with a serious outbreak of measles and brought in a strong focus on primary care and healthcare quality, supporting new approaches such as “prudent healthcare.” Hussey has announced that she will retire next year.

What was your earliest ambition?

As a farmer’s daughter in north Wales my first ambition was to be independent. A careers discussion at school, at age 15, pointed me towards medicine as a way of achieving my ambition and an opportunity to make …

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