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Chief medical officer for Wales retires

Tributes have been paid to the CMO (chief medical officer) for Wales, Ruth Hussey, who has officially retired.

Dr Hussey stepped down from the role after she originally announced her decision to retire back in September last year.

Health minister Mark Drakeford said: 'Dr Hussey has worked to tackle inequalities between the health of the most and least deprived people in Wales.

'I am grateful for her expert advice and I wish her a happy and healthy retirement.'

BMA Cymru Wales council chair Phil Banfield said: 'Ruth Hussey has been the driving force behind the prudent healthcare agenda and exploring a new way for the NHS in Wales.

'We will miss her positive engagement with the medical profession and we look forward to working closely with the new CMO when they are appointed.'

Last summer, Dr Hussey was awarded an honorary degree from Swansea University for her contribution to improving health in Wales and was recognised in the New Year Honours List for her contribution to public service. 



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