Chief Medical Officer

Professor Dame Sally Davies

Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical OfficerProfessor Dame Sally Davies is Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the UK Government’s principal medical adviser and the professional head of all Directors of Public Health. As well as being CMO, Dame Sally is also Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health.

About Professor Dame Sally Davies: Developed the National Institute for Health Research. Chairs the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and is a member of the Board of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research and of the Medical Research Council. A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee on Health Research; the International Advisory Committee for A*STAR, Singapore; and the Caribbean Health Research Council; and advises many others on research strategy and evaluation, including the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

Read the latest news from the Chief Medical Officer below

Bute in horsemeat: statement from Chief Medical Officer

Regarding bute in horsemeat, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: “Horsemeat containing phenylbutazone presents a very low risk to human health. “Phenylbutazone, known as bute, is a commonly … Read more → – Bute in horsemeat: statement from Chief Medical Officer

Horsemeat in UK food chain: statement from Chief Medical Officer

In light of the ongoing issue of horsemeat in the UK food chain, the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, said: “We are working closely with FSA and Defra to … Read more → – Horsemeat in UK food chain: statement from Chief Medical Officer

Report on the care of suspected internal drug traffickers published

An independent report giving clinical advice on the medical care of suspected internal drug traffickers (SIDTs) has been published today. The Chief Medical Officer commissioned an expert group to produce … Read more → – Report on the care of suspected internal drug traffickers published

Advice on preparation of formula milks restated

The Chief Medical Officer and the Director for Public Health Nursing are today restating longstanding advice about the best practice when preparing formula milks, as set out by the Department … Read more → – Advice on preparation of formula milks restated

Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum final event

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter and Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies attended a reception this week with members of the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum, to … Read more → – Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum final event

Chief Medical Officer revalidated as doctor

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has become one of the first doctors in the UK to be revalidated, after she received confirmation from the General Medical Council (GMC) this … Read more → – Chief Medical Officer revalidated as doctor

Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have written to the NHS to advise that antiviral medicines may now be used for the prevention or treatment of flu in … Read more → – Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published