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At the invitation of the Department for International Development (DFID) I have spent this week in Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan, a nation with which we share many family ties and connections.
We will be exploring with DFID and the Government of Pakistan where we might be of assistance in building their public health capability and in co-designing a national disease surveillance system that meets their obligations to the international health community.
The Pathology Partnership, which launched yesterday, will see 125 laboratory staff from hospitals in Ipswich, Colchester, East and North Herts and West Suffolk join the PHE microbiology team.
And finally, news very close to my heart as the immediate past chief executive, was the approval this week by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the £420m Treasury public funding for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.