Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, commonly referred to as the Health Secretary, is a cabinet position in the Scottish Government. The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for the Health and Social Care Directorates and NHS Scotland.


Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care
Incumbent
Humza Yousaf

since 19 May 2021
Health and Social Care Directorates
NHS Scotland
StyleCabinet Secretary
(formal)
Health Secretary
(informal)
Member of
Reports toThe First Minister of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament
SeatEdinburgh
AppointerFirst Minister
Term lengthNone
The Cabinet Secretary is appointed by the First Minister following a resignation or cabinet reshuffle.
Inaugural holderSusan Deacon
Minister for Health and Community Care
FormationMay 1999
DeputyMaree Todd
(Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport)
Kevin Stewart
(Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care)
Salary£112,919 annually (including £64,470 MSP salary)
Websitewww.gov.scot

The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, Maree Todd and Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart.

The current Cabinet Secretary is Humza Yousaf, who was appointed in May 2021.