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Vaughan Gething MS

Ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Health and Social Services.


Vaughan 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 Wales TUC. 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. Vaughan was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services on 3 November 2017. On 13 December 2018 Vaughan was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services.


  • Public health: Covid-19 response, screening and vaccination
  • Oversight of NHS delivery and performance
  • Delivery of new outcome measures 
  • Delivery Plans
  • Scrutiny of NHS performance against three-year plans
  • Oversight of escalation procedures
  • Charges for NHS services
  • Receipt of, response to and direction of reports from HIW
  • Oversight of the Welsh Government’s relationship with the WAO regarding activities relating to the NHS
  • Medical workforce training and development with the exception of years 1-5 of University Education for Doctors
  • Health innovation and Digital
  • Children’s and young people’s rights and entitlements, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Flying Start Initiative for children 0-3
  • Families First and play policies
  • Adoption and fostering services
  • Safeguarding
  • Children and young people’s advocacy, including complaints, representations and advocacy under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
  • Information sharing under the Children Act 2004 
  • Cafcass Cymru
  • Policy and oversight of the provision of all social services activities of Local Authorities in Wales, including the issue of statutory guidance
  • Oversight of Social Care Wales
  • Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8`s care provision and private healthcare 
  • Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by Local Authorities (via Care Inspectorate Wales), including joint reviews of social services and responding to reports
  • Relationships with the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

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