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New role for Chief Medical Officer.

An award scheme celebrating best practice and development in social care will be held in Wales for the first time. Eight social care organisations have joined together to arrange the first Social Care Accolades in Wales. The accolades will promote innovation in social care in Wales at a gala dinner for short-listed entrants in July.

For an entry form contact the Care Council's communications team on 029 2078 0687 email accolades@

FIRST Minister Rhodri Morgan has paid tribute to Wales' Chief Medical Officer who is to take up a job in England.

Dr Ruth Hall has been appointed as director of public health at the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority, after working for eight years in Wales.

Mr Morgan said, 'Dr Hall has played a key role in our strategy to improve the health of the nation.

'She has been a strong driving force in taking forward our public health agenda and the professional leadership and clinical advice that she has given to the NHS has helped us to advance our policies in an unprecedented way in Wales.'

Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons added, 'I know that Dr Hall has gained a huge respect from medical colleagues throughout the NHS in Wales.

'Her professionalism and enthusiasm for the role has never stopped. She has been faced with some difficult issues but has never lost the focus of helping people to improve their health.

'I hope she will leave Wales confident that she has made a difference to the lives of Welsh people.'

FOUR out of ten people in Wales do not eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

According to a national survey many people don't achieve the five-a-day target because they 'get bored with fruit and vegetables'.

And one in five of those questioned told researchers at the US-based Florida Department of Citrus that they do not have the time to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2005
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