New Role of Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing As Pandemic Escalates

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Health Ministers Eluned Morgan and Vaughan Gething. Photo: Senedd Health Ministers Eluned Morgan and Vaughan Gething. Photo: Senedd

A new ministerial role for mental health and well being has been announced by the Welsh Government.
Eluned Morgan MS, will take on the new appointent with her former duties for international relations being absorbed by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething will focus on twin priorities of responding to coronavirus and the Welsh NHS performance and delivery.
Eluned Morgan's will take on responsibility got mental health services, dementia, autism, substance misuse, veterans’ health, patient experience and the obesity strategy, and will work alongside Vaughan Gething.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
“We have learned a lot from the first wave of coronavirus and the way both we and public services have responded to the virus.
"Once again, we are facing rising cases across the country and a difficult few months ahead.
“Vaughan has done an amazing job leading our health service’s response to the pandemic and will continue to take day-to-day charge of that response.
The changes I am making to my Cabinet team will mean he can focus all his time and effort on coronavirus and ensuring our NHS is able to treat people with the virus as well as respond to the population’s wider health needs.
“Eluned has a strong track record in government and will bring all that experience to safeguarding and promoting the wider wellbeing of people in Wales.”
Julie Morgan will continue in her role as Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services.
The international relations brief, including the Wales and Africa programme, will form part of the First Minister’s portfolio of responsibilities.

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