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

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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.”

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