Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

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Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
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Incumbent
Alex Neil MSP

since 5 September 2012
Appointer First Minister
Website www.scotland.gov.uk

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, commonly referred to as the Health Secretary, is a cabinet position in the Scottish Government. The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates and NHS Scotland. The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by the Minister for Public Health and the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.

The current Cabinet Secretary is Alex Neil, who was appointed in September 2012. He took over from Nicola Sturgeon who had been Scotland's longest serving Health Secretary.

Responsibilities[edit]

The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for the NHS in Scotland including health service reform, pharmaceutical services, food safety and social care.[1]

History[edit]

The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Health and Community Care, with the advent of devolution and the institution of the Scottish Parliament, taking over some of the roles and functions of the former Scottish Office that existed prior to 1999. After the 2007 election the Ministerial position was renamed to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. After the 2011 election the full Ministerial title was Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and Cities Strategy with the portfolio being expanded to include Cities Strategy which was part of the SNP manifesto to have a dedicated "Minister for Cities"; at the same time the responsibility for housing was removed and transferred to the new Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment. Responsibilities around the cities strategy and the delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were later transferred to other members of the cabinet.[2]

List of office holders[edit]

Minister for Health and Community Care[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Susan Deacon Susan Deacon.jpg 16 May 1999 28 November 2001 Labour Party Donald Dewar
Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisolm.jpg 28 November 2001 6 October 2004 Labour Party Henry McLeish
Jack McConnell
Andy Kerr Andy Kerr.jpg 6 October 2004 16 May 2007 Labour Party Jack McConnell

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing[edit]

Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon 2.jpg 16 May 2007 19 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy[edit]

Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon 2.jpg 19 May 2011 5 September 2012 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing[edit]

Alex Neil Alex Neil, Minister for Housing and Communities (2).jpg 5 September 2012 "Incumbent" Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministerial responsibilities: Health portfolio". Scottish Government. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cabinet and Ministers: biography and responsibilities". Scottish Government. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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