Former Wales Chief Medical Officer to speak at Public Health conference

Publication Date: 20th April 2016

Subject: CIEH

Dr Ruth Hussey OBE will be championing the importance of environmental health in keeping people and communities healthy and safe today (Wednesday 20 April) at a public health conference organised by CIEH Wales.

The former Wales Chief Medical Officer will be delivering The Brynley Jones Memorial Lecture and is expected to lead a discussion looking at what key decision makers need to do in order to improve public health in Wales in the 21 Century.

In her final report as CMO, Dr Hussey said that environmental health contributes to the wider national agenda of health, wellbeing and public service improvement, as well as playing an important preventative role, and needs to be protected.

Julie Barratt, CIEH Wales Director, said: “Dr Hussey’s last CMO report before she stood down made it clear that environmental health services are reaching a tipping point and must be protected to ensure that statutory responsibilities are fulfilled.

“We have continually over the years called on the Welsh Government and councils to afford protection to environmental health. This will not only deliver a service that is vital to health and wellbeing but also protects communities and enables business growth.”

The ‘Public Health: Sustaining Communities’ conference is a two day event taking place in Cardiff between Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April.

Now in its tenth year, this annual event has been organised by CIEH Wales, a membership body representing and educating Environmental Health Practitioners working across the private and public sectors.

The conference has been organised with the aim of bringing together individuals and organisations who have an interest in public health or are on the front-line protecting health and wellbeing and enabling business growth

Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the CIEH, will open the conference and the keynote speaker will be Jane Davidson, former Welsh Government Minister and now Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of INSPIRE, University of Wales.

Jane Davidson will talk about her experience developing the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, which requires bodies ensure the needs of people are met without compromising the ability of future generations. The Act was later recognised by the World Health Organisation as ground breaking in its ambition and scope.

Other topics that will be debated across the two days include food fraud and infectious disease and food poisoning mapping, multi-agency working, mental health and noise.

And the second day of the conference will see the leading political parties in Wales take part in a Question Time debate, where they will be asked what they will do to improve public health in Wales following the elections in May.

The Question Time panel will be chaired by David Daycock, an experienced Barrister and public servant, where he is expected to be joined by representatives from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP parties.

Julie Barratt added: “Environmental health, and specifically the cuts to local authority environmental health budgets, has been in the news a lot recently. Despite the efforts of health and public health professionals there remains much to be done to make Wales a healthy nation and the challenge is getting greater as life style choices impact.

“The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act presents us with a unique opportunity to mainstream health improvement. It’s an opportunity we cannot afford not to take. I very much hope that Jane Davidson will challenge the profession to grasp and make the most of the opportunity by highlighting her aspirations for the Act and how she thinks its powers can be used to best advantage.”  


Notes to editors

  • The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the professional voice for environmental health. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved
  • The CIEH represents over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For more information about the CIEH visit  
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For further information contact

Am ragor o wybodaeth cysylltwch â

Julie Barratt, Director CIEH WALES : 01633 865533 or 07919212664

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