Professor John Watson was appointed deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health in October 2013. He was previously Head of Respiratory Diseases at Public Health England’s Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control.
Professor Watson’s main focus will be health protection, including immunisation, anti-microbial resistance and emergency preparedness and response.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Two deputy Chief Medical Officers support the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in her role as independent adviser to government on medical matters and the Head of Profession for all directors of public health in local government.
John will support the work of Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, to improve the health of the nation.