Sir Liam announced that he will leave the post in May 2010 after 12 years of service, the longest serving Chief Medical Officer of modern times. Sir Liam is the 15th person to take up the independent role since the first Chief Medical Officer was appointed in 1855.
He became Chancellor of the University in August 2009 and was inaugurated during a ceremony in the University’s King’s Hall on Monday, 7 December.
Sir Liam originally envisaged leaving his post as Chief Medical Officer when he turned 60, in mid-2009. However, he agreed to stay in his role to supervise the response to the swine flu pandemic.
A full statement has been published on the Department of Health website.
published on: 17th December 2009