The National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government
The responsibilty for health and social services in Wales, including mental health, lies with the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government.
The important role of the National Assembly is to develop and implement policies which reflect the particular needs of the people of Wales. The Welsh Government is the executive arm of the Assembly and has the power to fund, direct and make appointments to NHS bodies in Wales and hold them to account, and to implement policies on care in the community.
Further information about how the Assembly operates can be accessed through the websites for:
the Welsh Government at http://new.wales.gov.uk
the National Assembly for Wales at www.assemblywales.org
Key figures for Mental Health in the Assembly
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport within the Assembly Government is:
Vaughan Gething is the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport.
The Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee is the key National Welsh Assembly committee for mental health. It is termed a Scrutiny Committee and, as this terms suggests, its key role is to examine the Government’s policies, actions and spending on health and social services, and to hold Ministers to account and also keep an eye on government bodies and agencies within this field.
The Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee is chaired by Vaughan Gething (Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth)