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Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport.

Vaughan Gething was born in Zambia and brought up in Dorset. He was educated at Aberystwyth and Cardiff universities, and is married to Michelle. Vaughan is a largely retired cricketer and a fan of both rugby and football.

Vaughan was a solicitor and former partner at Thompsons. He is a member of the GMB, UNISON and Unite unions, and was the youngest ever President of the TUC in Wales. He has previously served as a county councillor and school governor. He has also been a community service volunteer – supporting and caring for a student with cerebral palsy, and is former president of NUS Wales.

Between 1999 and 2001, Vaughan worked as a researcher to former AMs Val Feld and Lorraine Barrett. Between 2001 and 2003, Vaughan was the chair of Right to Vote – a cross-party project to encourage greater participation from black minority ethnic communities in Welsh public life.

Vaughan is a member of the Co-operative Party.

In June 2013 Vaughan Gething was appointed Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty. In September 2014, Vaughan was appointed Deputy Minister for Health. In May 2016 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport is responsible for:

  • Day to day oversight of all aspects of NHS delivery and performance in Wales, including: performance against targets set out in the NHS Outcomes and Delivery Framework, which include measures of quality, referral to treatment times, cancer, cardiac, delayed transfers of care, accident and emergency, ambulance response times, public health and mental health indicators
  • All aspects of the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, including contracts with the primary care contractor professionals, other than (i) oversight of the medical professions; (ii) policy on surrogacy, xenotransplantation, embryology and human genetics; and (iii) licensing of medicines (these matters are not devolved)
  • Delivery of the new outcome measures
  • Delivery plans
  • Scrutiny of NHS organisations’ performance against their three-year plans (Integrated Medium-Term Plans)
  • Oversight of the escalation procedures in the NHS
  • Charges for NHS services, including prescription, dental and ophthalmic and optical charges
  • The provision of services in Wales to the mentally ill
  • Receipt of, response to and direction of reports from, the Health Care Inspectorate for Wales
  • Oversight of the Wales Audit Office’s activities so far as relating to the National Health Service in Wales
  • Research and Development in health and social care
  • Medical workforce training and development, with the exception of years 1-5 University education for doctors.

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