London mayor Ken Livingstone has appointed Dr Sue Atkinson, regional director of public health for London, as his adviser on health. Mr Livingstone said Dr Atkinson had been 'at the forefront' of work to develop a health strategy for London, and paid tribute to her progress developing networks for public health. Dr Atkinson, who was regional director of public health for South Thames from 1994 until it became part of London region in 1999, said she would work across the NHS and the Greater London Authority 'to realise the shared vision of both organisations to improve the health of Londoners.'