Potential head of Food Standards Agency would treat antimicrobial resistance as priority

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 06 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i87
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The proposed new chair of the Food Standards Agency will treat antimicrobial resistance as a priority, MPs have been told.

Heather Hancock, who is the government’s chosen candidate for the position, explained her plans for the role during a pre-appointment hearing session held on 5 January jointly by the parliamentary health committee and the environment, food, and rural affairs committee.

Hancock joined the agency as deputy chair in September last year. She has served as private secretary to three home secretaries, set up the Millennium Commission as its chief executive, headed the Yorkshire Dales National Park authority, and been on the board at the professional services firm Deloitte.

During the session MPs raised the issue …

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