Dame Sally Davies announces she is to step down as Chief Medical
In an awkward exchange on BBC Radio 4’sToday programme, Dame Sally was questioned about the nannying claims by Mr Robinson.He asked her: “You always have this question, so I know you are familiar with it – this balance you have to get between nannying on the one hand, or being accused of it at least, and on the other hand banality, stating things that are obvious.”Dame Sally shot back: “I thought you were going to be sexist.”Robinson asked, “What bit of that is sexist?” and Dame Sally replied: “I wonder whether you would say to a male chief medical officer…”The Today presenter clarified: “I said you are often accused of being a nanny, I didn’t say I accused you of being a nanny.”Dame Sally responded: “Ah, clever.”The CMO has been branded England’s “nanny in chief” by some newspapers.Calling for action to promote healthy eating in December she said: “We have to shape it so that it’s easy to take the healthy choice.”Do you want to call that nanny state? If so, I am chief nanny.” England’s chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, will step down from her role at the end of the year and take up the role of Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In a statement, Dame Sally said: “I want to pay tribute to the outstanding clinicians, scientists and public servants who have supported me in this role – men and women who are working tirelessly to improve the health of the nation.”It has been an honour to be the first female Chief Medical Officer. I have enjoyed it from the start and I will continue to do so right up until I finish.”I am delighted to be appointed as Master of Trinity College following a distinguished list of predecessors and as the first woman.”I can assure everyone that I will continue contributing to the global fight against AMR (antimicrobial resistance) from my new role.”~Just yesterday, the country’s chief medical officer has hit out at “sexist” attacks after being accused of a “nannying” approach.Professor Dame Sally Davies questioned the BBC’s Nick Robinson on whether a male counterpart would have been given the label.She was speaking after the UK’s chief medical officers said families should ban phones at bedtime and keep them away from the dinner table. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.