New public health chief for Hertfordshire appointed

PUBLISHED: 06:20 30 July 2012

Jim McManus, Hertfordshire's new director of public health

Jim McManus, Hertfordshire's new director of public health


THE county council has appointed a new director of public health.

Jim McManus was recruited by a panel of health experts and Hertfordshire County Council representatives on Monday.

Mr McManus’ appointment will pave the way for the transfer next year of Hertfordshire’s public health responsibilities from the NHS to local government. The public health of Hertfordshire’s residents is currently the responsibility of NHS Hertfordshire.

But, due to national health reforms, it will pass to the county council from April 2013.

Cllr Robert Gordon, leader of the council, said: “Public health is about helping people to live healthy lives, whether that’s through immunisation, nutrition or sexual health advice, tobacco, alcohol and obesity help, drugs recovery, pregnancy care or children’s health.”

Mr McManus said: “I’m delighted to taking up this new post and the challenge of transferring responsibilities into the county council.

“The NHS in Hertfordshire has already delivered some excellent work in public health which I am looking forward to integrating into the day-to-day business of the county council.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times