Minister for Public Health and Sport
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The Minister for Public Health and Sport is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. The post was first created as Minister for Public Health in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration. It was renamed in February 2009 and then again in 2011.
The Minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet. The Minister for Public Health has specific responsibility for public health, health improvement, pharmaceutical services, food safety and dentistry, community care, older people, mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and health promotion.
The current Minister for Public Health and Sport is Aileen Campbell MSP.
List of office holders
|Name||Portrait||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Shona Robison||17 May 2007||10 Feb 2009||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Shona Robison||11 Feb 2009||20 May 2011||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Michael Matheson||20 May 2011||21 November 2014||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Maureen Watt||21 November 2014||18 May 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Aileen Campbell||18 May 2016||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
From 1999 to 2007, public health was the responsibility of the Minister for Health and Community Care and the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care. The Salmond government, elected following the 2007 elections, created the junior post of Minister for Public Health who assisted the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in the Scottish Government.
In 2009, the post became the Minister for Public Health and Sport after assuming the Sport portfolio. From 2011, the post reverted to the title of Minister for Public Health and sport was once again separated off to a new Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport post. Following the Scottish Parliament election, 2016, Nicola Sturgeon recreated the old Minister for Public Health and Sport post.
The Minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet.
- Minister for Public Health and Sport on Scottish Government website