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Salisbury poison crisis health boss to appear before Peers


Defence chief, former Cabinet Secretary, Information Commissioner, UK statistics head and NHSX boss to give evidence.

A health chief at the centre of the Salisbury poisonings crisis is one of several high-profile witnesses when the House of Lords Public Services Committee takes evidence tomorrow (Wednesday 22 July from 3 p.m.).

Tracy Daszkiewicz, now Public Health England's Deputy Director of Population Health and Wellbeing for South West England, was Wiltshire's Director of Public Health at the time of the Skripal poisonings in March 2018.

Peers looking into how COVID-19 has affected public services and lessons to be learned from the lockdown will explore how services dealt with past crises as well as data sharing when they hear from:

At 3.00 p.m. - How have public services responded to crises in the past, and how did they learn lessons?

  • Tracy Daszkiewicz, Deputy Director of Population Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
  • Lord O'Donnell GCB, Cabinet Secretary 2005-2011
  • Lieutenant General Douglas Chalmers, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations), Ministry of Defence

At 3.55 p.m. - How well have public services shared data during lockdown?

  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Head of Government Statistical Service and Office for National Statistics
  • Elizabeth Denham CBE, Information Commissioner
  • Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner, Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner's Office
  • Simon Madden, Acting Director of Policy & Strategy, NHSX (health and social care digital transformation unit)

The virtual session will be live on Parliament TV.

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