Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy


Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy
Scotland

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, 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 Sport and the Minister for Housing and Communities.

The current Cabinet Secretary is Nicola Sturgeon who was appointed to the role after the Scottish Parliamentary Election of 2007.

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List of office holders

Minister for Health and Community Care

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Susan Deacon 16 May 1999 28 November 2001 Labour Party
2. Malcolm Chisholm 28 November 2001 06 October 2004 Labour Party
3. Andy Kerr 06 October 2004 16 May 2007 Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

4. Nicola Sturgeon 16 May 2007 19 May 2011 Scottish National Party

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy

Nicola Sturgeon 19 May 2011 incumbent Scottish National Party

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