Hampshire names public health boss

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DR Sallie Bacon has been named Hampshire's director of public health by the county council and Public Health England.

Having been interim director since December 2015, Dr Bacon now formally replaces Dr Ruth Milton.

She oversaw the recent launch of a new five-year public health, Towards a Heathier Hampshire, which sets out the local authority's public health priorities.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, executive member for health and public health, said: "With 1.3m residents, Hampshire's population is becoming more diverse, getting older [and] living longer, which is good news, but there are greater inequalities and more people experiencing lifestyle-related illness.

"The role of director of public health is critical in helping to tackle these issues and I am delighted that we are able to confirm the appointment of Dr Bacon, whose skill and expertise has been so evident during her time with the county council."

Dr Bacon joined the county council in 2013 as its associate director of public health when responsibility for public health first transferred over from NHS Hampshire.  

She has also worked as a consultant in public health at NHS Berkshire, as a GP and in A&E, paediatrics and gynaecology.