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Biographical details and Ministerial responsibilities of the Deputy Minister for Health.
Mark Drakeford AM
Biographical details and Ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Health and Social Services.

Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. Since then he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught previously at Swansea University.

In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues, including Welsh medium education. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government, and was latterly head of the First Minister’s political office. He has a 30 year knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.

Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee from July 2011 - March 13 and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 – March 13. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013.


The Minister for Health and Social Services is responsible for:

  • 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);
  • Charges for NHS services, including prescription, dental and ophthalmic and optical charges;
  • The provision of services in Wales to the mentally ill;
  • All aspects of public health and health protection in Wales, including food safety and the fluoridation of drinking water;
  • Receiving, responding to and directing 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;
  • Responsibility for the Prison Service health service, other than private contracts;
  • Policy and oversight of the provision of all social services activities of Local Authorities in Wales, including the issue of statutory guidance;
  • Adoption and fostering services in Wales, but not adoption of children by UK residents abroad;
  • Children and young people's advocacy, including complaints, representations and advocacy under 1989 Children Act in relation to Social Services;
  • Information sharing under the Children Act 2004;
  • The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS);
  • Policy on care in the community;
  • Oversight of the Care Council for Wales;
  • Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8`s care provision and private healthcare in Wales;
  • Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by Local Authorities in Wales (via the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales), including joint reviews of social services and responding to reports;
  • The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales;
  • Research and Development in health and social care;
  • Post-graduate medical education;
  • Genetically-modified food (but not the cultivation of genetically-modified crops).

Writing to Ministers

Contact Mark Drakeford by email at: correspondence.mark.drakeford@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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