Frank Atherton

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Frank Atherton
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Chief Medical Officer for Wales
Assumed office
1 August 2016
Preceded byDr Ruth Hussey
Personal details
NationalityBritish
Education University of Leeds
OccupationPhysician
Known for Chief Medical Officer for Wales

Frank Atherton is a British physician who is the Chief Medical Officer for Wales. [1] [2]

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Background

Atherton is originally from Lancashire, England. [3]

Career

Atherton was formerly deputy chief medical officer in the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia, Canada, director of public health in north Lancashire, and president of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health. [4] [3] He was appointed as Chief Medical Officer for Wales in April 2016, following the retirement of the previous postholder, Dr Ruth Hussey. [3]

COVID-19 pandemic

Atherton at a COVID-19 Welsh Government press conference in December 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales, Atherton said that he was attempting to reduce the risk of transmission by taking "all appropriate measures". [5]

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References

  1. "Coronavirus: First case in Wales confirmed". BBC News. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. "Dr. Frank Atherton (The University of Manchester)". festivalofpublichealth.co.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. 1 2 3 "Dr Frank Atherton appointed Wales' new Chief Medical Officer". wales.nhs.uk. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. "Dr Frank Atherton: Chief Medical Officer". GOV.WALES. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  5. "Coronavirus: First Welsh case among three new UK diagnoses". BBC. 28 February 2020. Archived from the original on 28 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by
Ruth Hussey
Chief Medical Officer for Wales
2016–present
Incumbent