Public health director to leave Portsmouth

Paul Edmondson-Jones director of public health and
Paul Edmondson-Jones director of public health and

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PORTSMOUTH’S director of public health is bidding a fond farewell to the city.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones is moving to City of York Council.

During his time in Portsmouth, his role has been to prevent disease, and promote and improve health services. Dr Edmondson-Jones has seen many improvements to public health in the city in the last six years.

The most significant achievement is the increased life expectancy, especially for women, whose life expectancy is now higher than the England average, and decreased smoking rates, which have fallen from 35 per cent to 26 per cent in just five years.

He said: ‘It has been a privilege to be the Director of Public Health for Portsmouth, and to have had the opportunity to work and live in such a fantastic city with such wonderful people.

‘I am immensely proud of everything the public health team has achieved, and it’s amazing to think how much the overall well-being of the city has improved.’