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Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

Current role holder: Shona Robison MSP

Shona Robison MSP

Shona Robison was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in May 2016.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:

  • Allied Healthcare services
  • carers, adult care and support
  • child and maternal health
  • dentistry
  • health care and social integration
  • implementing the 2020 Vision, national clinical strategy, quality strategy and national service planning
  • medical records, health improvement and protection
  • mental health
  • NHS and its performance, staff and pay
  • patient services and patient safety
  • physical activity, sport, sporting events and events legacy
  • primary care, acute services elective centres
  • problem alcohol use and recovery, and drugs policy
  • public health and healthy working lives
  • sexual health

Responsible Ministers


Shona was born in Redcar in 1966. Educated at Alva Academy, she went on to graduate from Glasgow University with a Social Sciences MA and Jordanhill College with a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education. Previously she worked for Glasgow City Council's Social Work Department.

Shona was MSP for the North East from 1999 to 2003 and elected MSP for Dundee East in 2003. Latterly, she was Shadow Minster for Health and Social Justice and a member of the Parliament's Health Committee before being appointed Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Government after the May 2007 election.

She was re-elected in May 2011 and appointed Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, and was made Cabinet Secretary for Health in November 2014.