Dame Sally Davies to Stand Down as Chief Medical Officer

The Government has confirmed that Professor Dame Sally Davies is to stand done as the Chief Medical Officer. Davies has held the role for nine years and will now become the Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University.

Davies said:

“I want to pay tribute to the outstanding clinicians, scientists and public servants who have supported me in this role – men and women who are working tirelessly to improve the health of the nation. It has been an honour to be the first female Chief Medical Officer. I have enjoyed it from the start, and I will continue to do so right up until I finish. I am delighted to be appointed as Master of Trinity College following a distinguished list of predecessors and as the first woman. I can assure everyone that I will continue contributing to the global fight against AMR from my new role.”

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said in a statement:

“Sally Davies has been a dedicated public servant and a driving force for improving the health of the nation. She has led the fight against antibiotic resistance and public health risks, and has pioneered world-leading action across a whole range of areas. She’s been not just England’s CMO but led thinking around the world. Sally has been an inspiration to us all and I’m sure has a huge amount still to contribute in the future”.

A replacement will be announced later in the year following a recruitment process for the role.