Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

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Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
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Alex Neil, Minister for Housing and Communities (2).jpg
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 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.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing 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, taking over in September 2012 from Nicola Sturgeon who was appointed to the role after the Scottish Parliamentary Election of 2007. After the 2011 election the portfolio was 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 andtransfered to the new Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment.

Responsibilities[edit]

The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for the NHS in Scotland including health service reform, pharmaceutical services, food safety, social care, cities strategy and the delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which are to be held in Glasgow.[1]

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

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