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Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer

Provides independent professional advice to the First Minister and Cabinet, and to Welsh Government officials on health and healthcare matters.

Wales’ Chief Medical Officer is Dr Frank Atherton.   

Dr Atherton, who is from Lancashire, has been working as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia, Canada.  

He has previously held the post of Director of Public Health in North Lancashire and has served as President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health.  

The CMO:

  • leads public health policy and programmes, working across all Welsh Government policy departments and with a wide range of external partners, with the aim of improving health and reducing health inequalities
  • leads the clinical contribution in Wales to improving the quality of healthcare and patient outcomes
  • leads the medical profession in Wales, having key roles in medical regulation, education and training, standards and performance
  • maintains appropriate UK and international links, working with other UK Chief Medical Officers, government departments and organisations.

You can follow the Chief Medical Officer on Twitter @CMOWales

The Chief Medical Officer’s Twitter account will be managed during working hours 8:30-17:30 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

The Chief Medical Officer will not be able to respond to every individual tweet directly but will be able to refer tweets to the appropriate official/policy lead.

Contact details

Dr Frank Atherton
Directorate for Health Policy
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Telephone - 03000 257028
Email -