Published: 04/03/2004, Volume II4, No. 5895 Page 6

Department of Health head of public health development Fiona Sim resigned from her post last week - just a week after Fiona Adshead, the new deputy chief medical officer in charge of public health, took up post.The PHD team will be in charge of co-ordinating consultation on the forthcoming public health white paper. It will also play a key role in advising the government on the interventions it can make to achieve the 'fully engaged' scenario outlined in the second major Wanless report, Securing Good Health for the Whole Population .Ms Sim was not available for comment on her departure.