Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

Current role holder: Humza Yousaf MSP

Humza Yousaf  MSP

Humza Yousaf was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in May 2021.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:

  • NHS remobilisation
  • NHS primary care, community care and acute services
  • National Care Service
  • NHS performance, staff and pay
  • patient services and patient safety
  • health and social care integration
  • GPs and primary care
  • dentistry
  • community pharmacy
  • community ophthalmology
  • community audiology
  • mobile healthcare
  • health improvement and protection
  • quality and improvement
  • person-centred care
  • Pharmacy First
  • National Pharmaceutical Agency
  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • shielding
  • pandemic preparedness
  • eHealth
  • MyNHS Digital
  • NHS estate
  • Centre of excellence for rural and remote medicine and social care

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He was born in Glasgow on April 7, 1985. He was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department's prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme.

He went on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP. He was a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to former First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in May 2011. He was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in September 2012. Humza Yousaf was previously Minister for Transport and the Islands, and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in June 2018.